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.


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!

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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