MARCUS RASHFORD fired a rocket to put Manchester United within touching distance of the Europa League final.
His blistering 67th-minute free-kick gave the Red Devils a vital away win in this semi-final first leg.
Marcus Rashford blasted in a stunning free-kick to give Manchester United the upper-hand in the Europa League semi-finalUnited’s best bet of a Champions League place next season is winning the Europa League — and boss Jose Mourinho hailed his teenage hero.
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Mourinho said: “He is 19-years-old but in love with football. He stays for half an hour to practise free-kicks and was waiting for his opportunity.
“It’s his mentality. He works and works, so let’s forget the age, it’s the
quality. It’s a great free-kick because the ball moves really, really fast — with the speed of the ball it’s impossible to save.”
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But Rashford, who came into the game carrying a knock, limped off on 80 minutes with a left-knee injury.
It is a worry for Mourinho, who is short of options with superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic out for the season.
With the return leg on Thursday, Mourinho added: “I’m very pleased but not so much with the result.
“At half-time we should have been at least two or three up already.
“Let’s hope Old Trafford wants us to win because when it does, we win.”
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini added: “We will play in front of 75,000 and we have to give it everything.
“I hope the fans will also give us everything.”
England legend Gary Lineker tweeted: “Superb from Rashford. Absolutely sensational. 19 years old and steps up to take @ManUtd’s free-kicks ahead of Pogba. He’s got it all.”