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ANDERLECHT 1-1 MANCHESTER UNITED: THE HOSTS RISKS PAID OFF AS MIDFIELDER LEANDER DENDONCKER CANCELS


Man-U boss Mourinho lined-up a strong side for the first leg in Brussels and it paid off as his side dominated the first half.

Mourinho felt at ease in the moments before Anderlecht’s equaliser, as the home team were tiring deep into the second half. They had played well without really testing Sergio Romero in goal, but a break down the left crushed all United’s good defensive work.

Left back Ivan Obradovic crossed and there was Leander Dendoncker, a holding midfielder by trade, but thrown forward here as Anderlecht risked all.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates his goal with his teammates

Manchester United made the breakthrough through Mkhitaryan after Marcus Rashford had been denied.

Earlier, Jesse Lingard almost scored but had hit the post for the Red Devils.

Henrihk Mkhitaryan has now scored in each of his last four Europa League games away from home for Manchester United

Anderlecht were dangerous on the counter attack as they scored late equaliser which was well deserved, United should be prepared at Old Trafford so they don't get beaten.

The odds still favour Manchester United, particularly with the away goal from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but they have to find away to score more goals and not concede any.

United midfielder Paul Pogba uses his strength to avoid the challenge of Massimo Bruno.

Midfielder Leander Dendoncker rises above Matteo Darmian to score a late equaliser for the Belgian side

Jose Mourinho looked disappointed because his players were not able to score more goals when they had the chances.

Jose Mourinho may be right in thinking this tournament is Manchester United’s best route to the Champions League — but as the last five minutes here showed, that they cannot be complacent as is still doesn’t make it a done deal.

Fans pictured as they make their way to the Constant Vanden Stock stadium amid a heavy police presence in Brussels

Anderlecht defenders put on a brave defence as United ace Ibrahimovic hits a free-kick towards their goal

The Manchester United team bus seen here as they arrive at the stadium as armoured vehicles block the roads in the background

Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero looked delighted as he celebrates after seeing his team take the lead at the opposite end of the pitch

Dendoncker waves to the crowd as he walks back to the centre circle after scoring the equaliser

Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked dejected as his team let go of their leading position after Leander Dendoncker

Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Sergio Romero look deflated after the equaliser from Dendoncker

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My opinion: Manchester United had chances and control but they find it difficult to score goals maybe the players have inbuilt fear of scoring and always overthinking negatively that if they don't score they may not be given a second chance to show they can do it.

It is a psychological thing that they have to shake off The defenders did very well but if the players that were supposed to score goals didn't do their job then it affects the whole team.

They just have to be focused before taking a shot, think where they want the ball to go sometimes their thinking have to be very fast as it involves taking risks and chances.

Manchester United have no excuse but to beat a pub-team like Anderlecht convincingly at Old Trafford

Anderlecht players are not real threats if United can score more goals and keep an eye on the opposition counter attack.

Manchester United have a wage bill of a quarter billion dollar a season and they struggled to score more goals against a pub team from Belgium.

Anderlecht highest annual salary for their players is over £509302.33, that is what some players get per-month at Manchester United