Manchester United survived Celta Vigo to Reach Europa League Final

Manchester United clinched the win and survived a late scare to win against Celta Vigo and set up a Europa League final against Ajax.

United had a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, doubling their lead as Marouane Fellaini headed home Marcus Rashford’s cross.

Celta now needed 2 goals to even up their score, they levelled and scored a goal through Facundo Roncaglia in the final few minutes.

United’s Eric Bailly and Roncaglia were sent off after a mass brawl.

Manchester United maintained survived the tense final minutes to reach the final.

While United’s players greeted the final whistle with a mixture of relief and jubilation, the visitors slumped to the turf with Guidetti in tears.

“You cannot win a semi-final easily, or be calm. We are in the final, that’s what counts,” said United midfielder Ander Herrera.

The aggregate victory took the Red Devils to the brink of their first Europa League triumph and a return to the Champions League.

They will meet Ajax, who beat Lyon in the other semi-final, in Stockholm on 24 May.

Winning the Europa League has become Mourinho’s priority as he looks to secure a return to the Champions League in his debut season at Old Trafford.

And the campaign will be deemed a disappointing one if his team lose to Ajax, who edged out Lyon 5-4 on aggregate.

Winning the Europa League has become Mourinho’s priority as he looks to secure a return to the Champions League in his debut season at Old Trafford.

And the campaign will be deemed a disappointing one if his team lose to Ajax, who edged out Lyon 5-4 on aggregate.

He appears to have conceded defeat in the top-four race, with his team sixth, four points adrift of Manchester City going into their final three matches.

Post-match reaction

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho:

“We were the best team in the first leg but we never kill, we never score goals related to the chances we have. It was an open game at home, all the pressure on our side.

“They were completely free of responsibility and gave us a very hard match. We suffered until the end and it was open until the last second. The boys gave everything they had. I’m really pleased for them.

“After 14 matches, we are in the final. If we win the Europa League, I am more than happy. It would be amazing.”


Scoreline

Manchester United

Fellaini (17′ minutes)
Bailly (Dismissed at 87′ minutes)

Celta Vigo
Roncaglia (85′ minutes, Dismissed at 88′ minutes)

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