EUROPA LEAGUE: MANCHESTER UNITED V CELTA VIGO

Celta’s goalie Sergio Alvarez concedes a goal for Marcus Rashford of Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League, semi-final first leg match, between Celta Vigo and Manchester United at Estadio Balaidos in Vigo, Spain.

EUROPA LEAGUE: MANCHESTER UNITED V CELTA VIGO

Manchester United host Celta Vigo in the second leg of Europa League semi-final tie

Manchester United are preparing for a crucial Europa League semi-final with Celta Vigo on Thursday, May 11th. The Europa League semi-final second-leg clash at historic Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester will kick off at 20:05 BST. Great last-minute Man United v Celta Vigo tickets are for sale securely online at LiveFootballTickets.com!

Europa League Semifinals First Leg Squads

Celta Vigo 0-1 Manchester United

Celta Vigo

Alvarez; Mallo, Cabral, Roncaglia, Jonny; Wass, Radoja, Hernandez; Aspas, Sisto, Guidetti Subs: Villar, Fontas, Diaz, Bongonda, Beauvue, Jozabed, Gomez

Manchester United

Romero; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Pogba, Fellaini; Lingard, Rashford, Mkhitaryan Subs: De Gea, Mata, Martial, Smalling, Carrick, Rooney, Young

Referee: S Karasev (Russia)

Man United are within striking distance of reaching a third European final in the last 10 years after last week's crucial 1-0 victory in Spain in the first leg of the semi-final tie. Despite facing a strong Celta Vigo side, Manchester United is sure to be confident of progressing to the final in a bid to lift the only major trophy left to win in the titan EPL club's long and illustrious history. A victory this campaign in the Europa League will claim a coveted place in next season's Champions League.

Heading into this crucial match, the Red Devils hold a narrow advantage by virtue of a crucial away goal in the tie, after 19-year-old No.19 Marcus Rashford scored his 19th goal of the season with a fantastic free-kick in the second half to give United a deserved victory at the Estadio Balaidos in Vigo.  

Reds’ boss, Jose Mourinho's side were given much-needed strength by the return to action of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Juan Mata against Arsenal last weekend but are still without five players as Tim Fosu-Mensah, Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are sidelined through injury. Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia and Paul Pogba may be among the players to return to action on Thursday after being rested against the Gunners. Sergio Romero is expected to take his regular starting spot in goal in the Europa League in place of the Reds No.1 goalie David De Gea. Marouane Fellaini is available before serving the final match of his three-game domestic ban against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.  

Man United's long impressive unbeaten run of 25 games in the Premier League came to an end at the Emirates Stadium in last Sunday's 2-0 EPL defeat by Arsenal. United will hope to maintain their strong European run at home, having won all six previous Europa League ties at Old Trafford this season. Celta Vigo, however, have lost their last four games in La Liga, including the last two by 3-0 against their rivals, but manager Eduardo Berizzo's side is bidding to reach their first-ever European final with a solid away record in the continental competition – winning three of their four games 2-0 and drawing the other match 1-1. In order to field a stronger team against mighty Man United, Berizzo has also been resting his players in the domestic fixtures. Manchester United have not lost in their last 17 European matches at the Theatre of Dreams, stretching back to a 2-1 loss at home to Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid in the Champions League in 2012-13. At the time, Real Madrid was managed by current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. The Reds will compete against a Celta Vigo side who have lost their last four games against English opponents, including last week's first leg but have won more matches (three) than they have lost (two) in England. Thirty-six-year-old Ovidiu Alin Hategan will lead a team of Romanian officials in charge of Thursday's decisive showdown

Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho revealed that footballers Tim Fosu-Mensah, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young who are currently out through injury won't be able to feature again this season, but insists his side are otherwise "ready and fresh" ahead of the game.

"Since the last injuries, we know that nobody will recover on time, even to play the last match of the season, so the ones out will be out for the season," said Mourinho. "But people are ready, fresh, with a big desire to play the game. I am proud because we have important injuries that have reduced the possibility of rotation, of turnover, of resting players, so the players are the ones that are present all the time since we have this problem. So, yes, I’m proud, but one more match to be in a European final – we must give everything we have."

"The situation is simple. Seventeen matches in seven weeks with 16 players is impossible. It's not a gamble, it was a simple decision, based on common sense. In April and May, 17 matches with 16 players, is completely impossible,” added Mourinho in his pre-match interview.  "So, since the moment we lost players, and we lost initially four of them in one week when we lost Smalling and Jones from the national team and we lost Zlatan and Rojo against Anderlecht in that moment and, after that, we lost boys that could be good alternatives - Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Tim Fosu-Mensah. So, when we lost these players in a period of 17 matches in seven weeks, it was an impossible job. It was not a gamble, just a consequence of our situation. We are in this situation now and we have to fight for it, so let's see if tomorrow we can do it and if we can go to the final. But it doesn't matter what, no regrets. We are giving everything we can, the players, myself, everyone that works around here. We are giving everything so, when you give everything, no problem.".

While Manchester United take on Celta Vigo, the two other teams battling it out for a place in the final will face off at the Stade de Gerland in France as French League 1 club Lyon host Dutch giants Ajax, who hold a massive 4-1 lead from the first leg last week.

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Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side are seven points clear of the Spurs in first place on top of the EPL Table. Going into their clash with West Brom, Premier League leaders Chelsea need only one more win to lift the 2017 EPL trophy after beating Middlesbrough 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. Tottenham Hotspurs’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Friday left Antonio Conte's Blues with a golden opportunity in the title race, and the west Londoners secured a crucial win as Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic goals sealed an easy win. The result relegated Steve Agnew's Boro in the process. Chelsea can win the title before Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs side even kick the ball in their next match. A victory at West Brom on Friday will confirm a first English title for Conte in his debut season in the Premier League.

Manchester City earned a 5-0 victory against Crystal Palace boosting their hopes for a top four finish and leave the Eagles ahead in the relegation race. Pep Guardiola's side started with a bang on Saturday, with David Silva back in the starting XI to open the scoring after just two minutes. Palace threatened on the counter and Christian Benteke drew a crucial save from Willy Caballero. Second-half goals from Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi gave City a comfortable win. Palace's relegation rivals Hull lost while Swansea beat Everton in the late kick-off adding more pressure to Big Sam Allardyce.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal increased their hopes of a Premier League top-four finish with their 2-0 win at Southampton on Wednesday night due to Alexis Sanchez's 20th league goal of the season and a late effort from Olivier Giroud.

The Gunners defeated Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday lifting their hopes of Champions League qualification next season and secured another win at St Mary's to go past Jose Mourinho's Red Devils side into fifth place. The win puts pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in third place, who suffered a goalless draw against Puel's Saints last weekend. Arsenal have a game in hand over Liverpool, and another win would take them to within one point of Jurgen Klopp's side with only two games left. Manchester City have a game in hand over Liverpool and trail the Anfield club by one point.

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