Marouane Fellaini has been looking ahead to next week’s Europa League second leg with Anderlecht following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with the Belgian side on Thursday night.
The visitors dominated proceedings during the opening stages and deservedly went ahead through Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who has now scored in Man United’s last four away games – after 36 minutes.
Paul Pogba had a superb chance to double the lead with ten minutes to go, only to see his scuffed shot saved; Anderlecht promptly went up the other end and grabbed an equaliser through Leander Dendoncker’s header – their first shot on goal.
And Fellaini, speaking after the game, has encouraged his side to be more clinical in front of goal when the two sides meet again at Old Trafford next week.
"We are disappointed but we have another game to make it to the semi-final."
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Perhaps Anderlecht’s equaliser was a blessing in disguise. Jose Mourinho‘s men, in spite of that late sucker-punch, remain firmly in the driving seat ahead of the second leg and will now be acutely aware of a need to be ruthless next Thursday.
It felt as if United coasted through some parts of their visit to Belgium, visibly in control but lacking that extra bite needed to punish the notably subdued hosts. Mourinho will now be keen to ensure that, next time around, United make their dominance count.