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Mourinho reveals Rashford practised free kicks ahead of semi-final

Jose Mourinho says Marcus Rashford's free kick in last night's match was no fluke but the result of practice in training. The 19-year-old striker's goal gave Manchester United the lead in their Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo. The stunning free kick also secured a precious away goal for United as they go into second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday.


"Mourinho and Tuanzebe against Swansea" jokes Jose

Could this be Manchester United's newest centre back partnership? Credit: PA Images

Jose Mourinho says he may be forced to play himself at centre-back against Swansea.

The United manager joked with reporters that'd been in gym to make himself available for selection. United are undergoing an injury crisis in defence, with Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and now Timothy Fosu-Mensah out injured. It leaves just Eric Bailly, Daley Blind and Axel Tuanzebe available.

Mourinho questions Sergio Aguero after Fellaini red card

Jose Mourinho has questioned the actions of Manchester City's Sergio Aguero after Marouane Fellaini was sent off during last night's Manchester derby.

The Argentinian forward fell to the ground after a supposed headbutt from the Belgian midfielder. Fellaini had been booked for a rash challenge just seconds earlier, but received a straight red card from referee Martin Atkinson after the incident with Aguero.

The game flared up the later stages after Fellaini was shown a red card Credit: PA Images

United managed to hold on with ten men to earn a goalless draw. United manager Jose Mourinho spoke about the incident in his post-match press conference.

I saw Aguero in the tunnel and no broken nose, no broken head, his face is nice as always. I'm not so sure, I think if Sergio doesn't go the floor, for sure it's not a red card.

– Jose Mourinho

Meanwhile City manager Pep Guardiola refused to criticise United's style of play.

City enjoyed much of the possession, especially in what became a one-sided second half. The Etihad Stadium briefly erupted in the dying stages of the game when substitute Gabriel Jesus headed past De Gea. However United were saved by the linesman's flag.

Gabriel Jesus wheels away in celebration before realising the goal had been ruled out Credit: PA Images

The former Barcelona manager was left to bemoan missed chances to win the game.

We made absolutely everything, not just in the last three, four, six, seven minutes with ten against eleven. We tried but it was not enough again,

– Pep Guardiola

The draw leaves both sides with work to do to claim a top four finish.

Watch: Football fan's brilliant selfie video after he stumbles across Anderlecht players training in Manchester park

Manchester United's Europa League rivals held a training session in a local park ahead of tonight's game at Old Trafford.

Anderlecht players were shown kicking a ball about in Castlefield in a video posted on Twitter.

Quick thinking United fan Rob Pimlott wasted no time reaching for his phone when he bumped into the squad on a walk through the city centre.

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