Manchester United clings on against Celta to reach Europa League final

Manchester United are just one win away from Champions League qualification after booking their place in the Europa League final with a 1-1 draw on the night and 2-1 aggregate victory over Celta Vigo.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg, United took control as Marouane Fellaini headed home Marcus Rashford's cross.

United snatched the lead through Marouane Fellaini's first half header, but Roncaglia equalised and, after Celta nearly won it late on, Mourinho conceded his team once again lacked a cutting edge.

The Old Trafford crowd created a positive atmosphere as they urged their side on in the early stages, but it was Celta's right-winger Iago Aspas who mustered up the first opportunity of the match.

Claudio Beauvue chose to pass to John Guidetti, when he would have been better off shooting, and when the former Manchester City man received the ball, he hesitated too much, allowing a really good chance to go.

The Manchester United chief was thrilled to scrape past Celtia Vigo 2-1 on aggregate in the semis after a dramatic 1-1 draw at Old Trafford finished up 10 a side.


In spite of the red card, Mourinho praised Bailly's performance, but also later lamented his loss for the final match in the Swedish capital.

Ajax advanced to their first European final in 21 years despite a 3-1 defeat to Lyon in France, the Dutch side progressing 5-4 on aggregate.

Manchester United and Ajax both lived dangerously despite first-leg leads to secure a Europa League final meeting in Stockholm on May 24.

Celta's purposeful attacking play ultimately resulted in a goal for Roncaglia, but things soon got out of hand as he and Bailly saw red for raising their hands - the Ivorian consequently ruled out of the final.

"I know that we lose a very important player for the final".

"In the end, when the game was hard, when they were better than us and we were in trouble and not playing well, it was that mentality, that desire, that togetherness that made the boys fight until the end", the Portuguese said.


Substitute Rachid Ghezzal nodded in a heavily-deflected third late on as Ajax played the final minutes with ten men after Dutch global Nick Viergever received a second booking. Pogba was part of the team that advanced past Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final.

But Ajax held on to reach their first European final since they lifted the Champions League in 1995. "We know that in the league it is nearly impossible to qualify for the Champions League so we will give it our all".

"For a club like Man United to win the League Cup and the Europa League, with the teams that are in it, you would expect them to do that", Keane told ITV Sport.

United kept the visitors at bay during six minutes of stoppage time and the Celta players sank to their knees in despair as the whistle blew seconds after Guidetti's miss.

The game changed dramatically when Roncaglia headed home Theo Bongonda's cross.



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