Marcus Rashford was the hero for Manchester United last night, as the 19-year old sealed Manchester United's place in the semi-finals of the Europa League with a wonderful goal against Anderlecht at Old Trafford.

Before Rashford's strike, United had peppered the Belgian side's goal, with 20 attempts and only Henrikh Mkhitaryan able to find the back of the net.

With Anderlecht holding out so well, the game looked set for penalties before Rashford stepped up to the plate.

The England forward produced a glorious first touch, shifted the ball onto his left foot and sent Old Trafford wild with his strike.

It was a huge relief for everyone connected to Manchester United, including boss Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese man was clearly feeling he needed a bit of extra help before Rashford's goal in the second minute of second half extra time and was spotted kissing a lucky charm moments before.

United had both Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic forced off with nasty-looking knee injuries and Mourinho was feeling out of luck.

And so the United manager pulled out a small papery item from his pocket and planted a peck on the charm.

Jose Mourinho seemed to have a lucky charm in his pocket in the dugout

Image: BT Sport

The Portuguese's lips worked their magic as Marcus Rashford grabbed the winner

Image: BT Sport

The goal from Rashford booked United's place in the semi-finals, where they could be paired with Spanish side Celta Vigo, Ajax and Lyon. The draw takes place at 12pm UK time.

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Josh Lawless

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