Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was caught on camera kissing what looks like a lucky charm a few moments before Marcus Rashford netted the victor against Anderlecht in their Europa League fixture on Thursday, April 20.

After Rojo was taken off on a stretcher with a knee injury, being replaced by Dutch worldwide Daley Blind, United appeared to lose focus. But he has the experience, the character.

Marcus Rashford scored the victor in extra time to move Man United past Anderlecht 3-2 on aggregate in the Europa League. "We are in trouble".

It is a bad time for Mourinho to have injuries, as they now lie fifth in the Premier League, just four points behind fouth-placed Manchester City with a game in hand. "Now we need absolutely everyone", he added.

"But from that moment we were in control and it was just a question of scoring and not conceding".

"Even with a insane mentality, they can not play Sunday". It's also a blow to United, who remain in the race for the Premier League top four as well as the Europa League title.

"Herrera plays. He didn t play (against Anderlecht)", said Mourinho.

"One yellow card, he misses the semi-finals".

"These kind of things make me trust the players. Who else? Nobody else is fresh to play".

The Europa League may ultimately be a means to a more alluring end for a club of United's stature, but the silverware itself will go some way to restoring that confidence - which once, entirely justifiably, bordered on arrogance - at Old Trafford.

Mourinho also expressed reservations about reports England Under-21 coach Aidy Boothroyd plans to call Rashford up for this year's Under-21 European Championship in Poland.

"It was a hard game, a hard opponent, I am exhausted", said Mourinho, at the end of an encounter that sees United progress to the semi-final alongside Lyon, Ajax and Celta Vigo. I think when we put one more player in midfield we started controlling the game and then you are always at risk because at 1-1 you are at risk. Nicky Butt could play him in that game because of his age.

"So when you reach a certain level and you've reached it for a long time, I don't think it makes sense. But the power is in their (the Football Association s) hands".


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