Manchester United scraped through the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday night thanks to Marcus Rashford's extra-time winner, but it could have been potentially worse had manager Jose Mourinho not engaged in some superstitious behaviour on the touchline.
According to the Sun, moments before Rashford turned smartly and finished beyond Anderlecht goalkeeper Ruben Martinez Mourinho kissed a 'lucky charm', with cameras capturing the moment the Portuguese turned to means other than coaching to get his side through the tie.
�� | Jose Mourinho was spotted kissing a lucky charm moments before Rashford's winner against Anderlecht last night. pic.twitter.com/WNzhPwN8ZR— Man Utd Stuff (@ManUtdStuff) April 21, 2017
Whether it was the superstitious behaviour or simply Rashford's calmness in front of goal United are now into the Europa League semi-finals and will play La Liga side Celta Vigo, who booked their passage through to the last four after beating Genk 4-3 on aggregate.
However, the evening wasn't all rosy for Mourinho, who could only watch as key first-team players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo picked up nasty injuries late on. The pair both suffered leg knocks after awkward landings in separate incidents and Mourinho's squad now appears depleted through injury.
Following the win, Mourinho said: "I want to wait but my feeling is not good for both. I want to wait and be optimistic but I am not.
“They have to be brave now. If it was me, it [returning from injury] would be tomorrow.
“It is time for Jones and Smalling to be brave, to risk, because for the team we have to do everything. That is the way we think."
Jones and Smalling were absent from the win with toe and knee injuries respectively, meaning Daley Blind may have to line-up alongside Eric Bailly in defence at Burnley on Sunday.