In the end, it was a bittersweet night for Manchester United . They are through to the semi-finals, courtesy of another outstanding addition for Marcus Rashford’s growing portfolio, but the victory came at a heavy cost bearing in mind the sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic limping away with a jarring knee injury just before the tie moved into extra-time.
Ibrahimovic’s knee had bent to a point where there will inevitably be concerns about whether he is able to take any further part in the competition. He will undergo a scan to assess the damage and if United’s worst fears are confirmed, it threatens to be a considerable loss, even if Rashford’s end-of-season form indicates he is ready to fill the void.
At one point Rashford, thrust into the central role after Ibrahimovic’s departure, could be seen clipping in an exquisite cross with a rabona, delivering the ball from behind his standing foot, and Paul Pogba’s overhead kick was threatening to register one of the great all-time Old Trafford goals before striking one of the players in Anderlecht’s purple.
Equally, Rashford was culpable during that long period after the hour mark when José Mourinho, once again, must have been pained by the profligacy of […]