Manchester United 1 (2) Celta Vigo 1 (1) – UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 2nd leg

Manchester United started with the same team that beat Celta Vigo away at Balaídos, with the eight players who were rested at Arsenal coming back into the side.

The Europa League trophy was at Old Trafford ahead the crucial second leg.

The Celta Vigo fans travelled in their numbers from Northern Spain.

The teams come out ahead of Manchester United’s biggest game of the season. Or the biggest game in their history, according to José Mourinho 

Manchester United scored after 17 minutes to leave Celta needing two goals to qualify. Marouane Fellaini headed in a brilliant Marcus Rashford cross at the back post to give the reds an early lead on the night.

Sergio Romero made a comfortable save in the first half to keep out Pablo Hernandez, while Daniel Wass headed wide from Pione Sisto’s cross.

John Guidetti missed two good chances to score as he volleyed and headed wide in the second half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Fellaini also had efforts saved by Sergio Alvarez in the Celta goal during a tense night.

Celta got a goal back through a Roncaglia header in the 85th minute, before the Argentine defender was sent off after an altercation with United’s Eric Bailly. Bailly was also sent off and will miss the final.

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The Swede Guidetti had a final chance to put Celta through to play in his
home final. But, he miss-kicked his effort allowing United to clear and reach a first ever UEFA Cup/Europa League Final.

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Manchester United now face Ajax in the Stockholm final on Wednesday 24th May, giving the reds the opportunity to complete their trophy collection and claim a place in next seasons Champions League.

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Manchester United 2 (3) Anderlecht 1 (2) AET – UEFA Europa League Quarter Final 2nd leg photo match report

Luke Shaw, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Michael Carrick, Sergio Romero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all came into the side as United made 5 changes to the team that beat Chelsea.

Argentina’s number 1, Romero started again in the Europa League.

While Anderlecht had players back including top scorer Lukask Teodorczyk.

Just like on Sunday, United took an early lead, but this time Rashford set up Mkhitaryan who finished well from the edge of the box.

But the Armenian’s 5th goal in his last 6 Europa League appearances was cancelled out by Sofiane Hanni after Youri Tielemans strike deflected onto the bar. The vital away goal meant for the rest of the night United knew they’d need 2 if Anderlecht scored again.

United went onto to have lots of chances but could not find a way past Ruben in the Anderlecht goal. And the match went to extra time, as did 2 of the other 3 Quarter Finals.

But it was Marcus Rashford who turned well in the box and placed his shot past Ruben, after a great flick on by Marouane Fellaini, sending United into the Semi Finals.

The only downside for United were the potentially long term injuries to top scorer Ibrahimovic and key defender Marcos Rojo.


Into the Semi Finals of the Europa League.

Manchester United 1 (2) FC Rostov 0 (1) UEFA Europa League Round of 16 2nd leg photo report

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Manchester United warm up at Old Trafford, a week after getting a 1-1 draw and an away goal from Henrik Mkhitaryan in Russia.

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The teams come out before the 8.05pm kick off.

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United started the game well, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic hitting the post twice in the first half.

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While Armenian international, Mkhitaryan was unlucky to see a chip go just wide after beating Rostov ‘keeper Nikita Medvedev.

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Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia both had good games at the back for United.

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Early in the second half, ‘The Iranian Messi’, Serdar Azmoun forced Argentine international, Sergio Romero into a good save.

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After 70 minutes the deadlock was finally broken, when Juan Mata tapped home following a break which saw a Mkhitaryan cross flicked into the Spaniard’s path by Ibrahimovic. This goal meant Rostov now needed to score to send the match into extra time.

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With Rostov pushing for an equaliser, Romero got down well to stop first leg scorer and substitute Alexsandr Bukharov from heading the visitors level.

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And in the final minute, Romero had more work to do. Christian Noboa’s free kick was well saved in what was the final action of the game.

Manchester United now go into the Quarter Finals of the Europa League where they will face Anderlecht for a place in the last 4. The second leg will be played at Old Trafford on Thursday 20th April.

Manchester United 3 Saint-Etienne 0 UEFA Europa League round of 32 1st leg photo report

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The Saint-Etienne fans Poznan with the teams in the tunnel ahead of the 20.05 kick off at Old Trafford.


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English and French football’s most successful teams emerge from the tunnel.


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Brothers Paul and Florentin Pogba chat ahead of the first competitive meeting of the pair.


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Goalkeeper Sergio Romero waves to his family in the crowd before his 4th start of United’s Europa League campaign.


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The Europa League anthem is played as the 3,000 ‘Green Angels’ light red and green flares.


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United have won all 4 of their Europa League home games this season, scoring 12 goals, conceding only once.


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The clean sheet was United’s fifth in a row, with the defence unchanged from the Watford game, with Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind lining up again.


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Ander Herrera kept his place as a key player in Mourinho’s team while fellow Spaniard Juan Mata also started after scoring against Watford and Leicester in his previous two games.


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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now scored 17 goals in 14 appearances against Saint-Etienne.


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The strength of the United team showed how seriously Jose Mourinho is taking the Europa League with a place in next season’s Champions League at stake.


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United made two changes from the home win over Watford, bringing in Belgium international Marouane Fellaini alongside Sergio Romero, replacing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and David De Gea.


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Smoke consumes the Sir Alex Ferguson stand pre kick off, as captain Chris Smalling waits to swap pennants with the experienced Saint-Etienne skipper Loic Perrin.


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Jose Mourinho walks down the touchline to the dressing room before half time to deliver his team talk.


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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the only goal of the first 45, with the aid of a deflection off Vincent Pajot in the wall from a 15th minute free kick.


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Anthony Martial had a good first half, and was very unlucky to see a fantastic solo run saved by the foot of fellow France international Stephane Ruffier in the Saint-Etienne goal.


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Zlatan added a second following a great run by Marcus Rashford. The Swede tapped in from 5 yards out, just 70 seconds after sub Nolan Roux missed a one on one chance for the French side to equalise and score the crucial away goal.

Ibrahimovic completed his hat-trick, picking himself up after winning a penalty to convert (Below) and give United some breathing space ahead of the second leg on Wednesday 22nd February. He walked off with the match ball following his 17th career hat-trick and a 3rd against Saint-Etienne.

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Jesse Lingard made a positive impact, coming off the bench at half time replacing Marouane Fellaini ahead of a much improved second half performance from United.


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Paul gives Florentin Pogba a tour around Old Trafford at full time. The younger Paul had a great game in midfield alongside Ander Herrera, while Florentin unfortunately was subbed due to injury with 10 minutes to go.


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The convincing scoreline gives Jose Mourinho the chance the rest some key players at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard ahead of the EFL Cup final against Southampton.