5 things to know about Manchester United’s Europa League opponents – Anderlecht

Manchester United travel to Belgium to take on RSC Anderlecht in the quarter-final of the UEFA Europa League. Here are 5 things you need to know about Manchester United's Europa League opponents. 


“Royal” Anderlecht:

The Belgium giants purple colour is in the honour of Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium from 1909–34. The R in their full name, RSC Anderlecht, stands for royal. The Belgium Champions will be looking out for a royal touch in their game tomorrow.


Found over a round of drinks:

No Air-conditioned board room will ever give the comfort of a busy pub. The Belgium club was founded way back on 29 May 1908. Football fanatics from the Anderlecht district came together at Café Concordia to form a team that will be capable of emulating the success of Léopold Club from the neighbouring borough of Uccle. The club has been crowned 33 times as the champions of Belgium. Well, cheers to a successful idea from “not so” sober minds.



More European Experience than Manchester United

The Belgians have played 388 European matches in their history. Manchester United have played 336 matches, fifty-two less than the Belgians. They have had success in the period of 1974-84 winning five competitions in Europe (Two European Cup Winners' Cups, two European Super Cups and one UEFA Cup). 


Their worst European loss:

Anderlecht's worst European loss came against Manchester United in 1956, with the English side routing the Belgians 10-0. This remains Manchester United’s biggest competitive win till date. Anderlecht were also the opponents in the first European game for United (September 1956).



Anderlecht’s famous win

Anderlecht ditched out an attacking master class in 2000 to defeat Manchester United 2-1 in Belgium. The first leg was already sealed by the Manchester side 5-1 in England. However United fielded a very strong eleven in Belgium, with the likes of Giggs, Neville, Cole, Yorke, Giggs, Scholes and Irwin. A win against such a mighty side rightly went into the history books for the Belgians.

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