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How Man United reached Europa semi-final - Mourinho  

Europa League By: Olakunle Brown | 21/04/2017

Mourinho at Old Trafford

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has explained how his side overcame hard fighting Anderlecht to reach the semi-final of the UEFA Europa League. 

The game was stretched into extra time after the away side canceled out Henrikh Mkhitaryan's opener but the Red Devils eventually came out tops as Marcus Rashford latch onto a header from Fellaini, beat his marker before drilling his effort past the goalkeeper. 

Speaking to the club's official website, Mourinho said: “I think we had like 17 shots and 10 on target, something like that but the game was difficult. When you look at these numbers, maybe somebody who didn’t watch the match thinks it was total dominance but it was not like that.

"They started much better than us and despite our chances, they had good control of the game for about one hour. I think when we put one more player in midfield we started controlling the game and then you are always at risk because at 1-1 you are at risk. But from that moment we were in control and it was just a question of scoring and not conceding. It was hard though."

The Portuguese talked about the importance of winning the Europa League as it hands the team an opportunity of playing UEFA Champions League football for next season. 

“We keep trying. While mathematically it is possible in the Premier League we have to fight for it. If one day it is not mathematically possible we have to put everything in the Europa League because the Europa League is an important title and on top of that the bonus of playing in the Champions League.

"We had today an example of how difficult it is and we now have a Spanish team, a French team and Ajax [with us in the semi-finals draw] so we are not expecting anything easy.”
Manchester United will know their semi-final opponents in today's draw.
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