The 19-year-old striker fired the Red Devils into the semi-finals
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he kept his trust in goalscorer Marcus Rashford after the teenager’s decisive goal secured a place in the Europa League semi-finals.
Rashford sent United into the last four after them to extra-time in a breathless encounter.
England’s last European representatives came into the quarter-final second leg boosted by Sunday’s surprisingly dominant win against Premier League leaders Chelsea and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s away goal.
The Armenian struck again early on but United were given a scare, with Anderlecht captain Sofiane Hanni bringing the tie level, before Rashford capped a man-of-the-match display with the goal that secured a 2-1 extra-time triumph – 3-2 on aggregate.
Mourinho, who has now reached his 10th European semi-final as a manager, equalling the record of Sir Alex Ferguson and Giovanni Trapattoni, said: “I think we had 17 shots and 10 on target but the game was difficult.
“Someone could watch the match and say total domination but they started better than us and had good chances and controlled the game for half an hour.
“At 1-1 you are at risk. Okay you speak about his (Rashford’s) qualities but he was not scoring a goal since September. I kept the confidence in him.
“Some players don’t know what makes me trust a player but Marcus I trust.”
Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered what seemed to be a serious leg injury when he hyper-extended his knee, with Marcos Rojo also leaving the field injured.
“I prefer to wait for all the tests to be done tomorrow then speak what I feel. I’m just a manager not a doctor,” Mourhino said when asked about the seriousness of the injuries.