BERITA MANCHESTER UNITED VS CELTA VIGO HARI INI

Image caption Marouane Fellaini heads home United"s goal Manchester United survived a huge late scare lớn edge past Spanish visitors Celta Vigo & set up a Europage authority League final against Dutch giants Ajax.

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

But Celta, needing two goals, levelled on the night through Facunvì Roncaglia to mix up a tense final few minutes.

United"s Eric Bailly và Roncaglia were sent off after a mass brawl, and the hosts hung on lớn reach the final.

Indeed they could only celebrate after Celta striker John Guidetti scuffed a golden chance khổng lồ put the visitors through lớn their first major European final with the final kichồng of the game.

The aggregate victory took the Red Devils a step closer lớn their first Europage authority League triumph và a return lớn the Champions League.

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


Image caption There were just six seconds left when Guidetti missed the chance to put Celta through

Functional not flashy - but in the final

United had never lost a two-legged European tie after winning the first leg away from home page, and knew they would reach the final by keeping a clean sheet at an expectant Old Trafford.

The hosts looked nervy as Celta made an attacking start, before Fellaini settled the tension by converting his side"s first effort on target.

The Belgium midfielder sneaked in at the far post lớn powerfully head in Rashford"s clipped left-wing cross.

Jose Mourinho"s side created few other chances as they aimed lớn frustrate the visitors with an organised and largely defensive approach.

Although Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Rashford and Fellaini all drew saves from Celta keeper Sergio Alvarez after the break, it was a functional - not flashy - performance.


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Celta, who had lost their previous five matches and are 12th in La Liga, had more possession than the home side, & forced United keeper Sergio Romero into lớn instinctive saves at the start of each half.

They then ignited the tie with Roncaglia"s glancing header following a corner.

The away goal, which left them needing one more to lớn eliminate United, increased the tension inside Old Trafford, leading khổng lồ a scuffle involving almost all 22 players on the field.

Bailly was sent off for a swipe at former Manchester City striker Guidetti, with Roncaglia dismissed for retaliating.

With six minutes of added time, there was still opportunity for Celta khổng lồ create one final chance - but Guidetti blew it.

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

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


Image caption United defender Bailly (second left) will miss the final after his red card

Europa League or bust for Mourinho

Winning the Europage authority League has become Mourinho"s priority as he looks lớn secure a return khổng lồ the Champions League in his debut season at Old Trafford.

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

Expectations were high that Mourinho"s arrival would bring an end to the malaise that has surrounded the Red Devils since Sir Alex Ferguson"s retirement.

United have finished seventh, fourth & fifth in the three Premier League seasons since the Scot"s departure - & Mourinho arrived with loftier ambitions than simply scraping inkhổng lồ the top four.

Ten months later, the Portuguese has been forced lớn drastically reassess his ambitions.

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

With the return leg against Celta at the forefront of his mind, Mourinho made eight changes for Sunday"s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal - a clear admission he felt winning the Europa League was more attainable than breaking inlớn the top four.

However, his decision will only be justified if they are successful in beating Ajax và claiming their sixth European trophy.


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The missing piece in the jigsaw

The Red Devils have sầu won 65 trophies in their illustrious 115-year history, a figure including đôi mươi English league titles and three European Cup/Champions League victories.

However, there is one piece of silverware missing from the Old Trafford trophy room.

In recent seasons winning the Europa League may have been considered an unwanted honour. Now it is considered a must-win as the club looks lớn complete a clean sweep of the major competitions at trang chủ & abroad.


Image caption The front cover of Thursday"s matchday programme creatively illustrated how United hope to lớn complete a clean sweep

Analysis

Former Engl& winger Chris Waddle on Đài truyền hình nfnagradi.net Radio 5 live:

"They are not the most technical Man Utd team I"ve sầu ever seen. Mourinho is very good at setting a team up but it is not entertaining.

"United have sầu always been entertainers and even if they win the Europage authority League, people will say: "Yes they won it, but it wasn"t entertaining."

"The goal for Celta came from United"s laông chồng of concentration và it became a little bit "panic stations" for the rest of the match.

"Ajax are a young team - they could easily freeze in that final."

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 lớn the chances we have. It was an open game at trang chính, all the pressure on our side.

"They were completely không tính tiền of responsibility và gave us a very hard match. We suffered until the kết thúc and it was open until the last second. The boys gave sầu everything they had. I"m really pleased for them.

"After 14 matches, we are in the final. If we win the Europage authority League, I am more than happy. It would be amazing."

Man of the match - Marouane Fellani (Manchester United)


Image caption Fellaini has regularly been criticised by Red Devils fans since arriving from Everton, but the Belgium midfielder was one of United"s better players against Celta. As well as scoring what proved to be the decisive goal, he impressed in a more advanced role

What"s next?

Before they can fully focus on the Europage authority League final, United have sầu three more Premier League matches khổng lồ think about.

They go khổng lồ second-placed Tottenđắm say on Sunday (16:30 BST), before games against Southampton và Crystal Palace.