A focus on Manchester United's opponents Celta Vigo

Mourinho again confirmed that he intends to rest some of his first team players for the Premier League game at Arsenal on Sunday, as he believes winning the Europa League offers his team their most likely route into next season's Champions League.

As for Celta, they'll continue to be without former United striker Giuseppe Rossi with a long-term knee injury while Ruben Blanco and Carles Planas are doubts.

"It has brought us this far the way of playing with a lot of possession, pressing high to win the ball back quickly and spending as much time on the attack as possible".

INCIDENTS: Uefa Europa League semi-final first leg between Celta Vigo and Manchester United, held at the Balaidos Stadium in Vigo.

"I am pleased with the performance, not so pleased with the result", Mourinho told BT Sport.

"Because of their situation in La Liga, a comfortable situation, they manage to think just about the Europa League, the best players in best condition, so a hard match for us".

Speaking prior to the Europa League semi-final clash in Spain, Mourinho opened up about his selection of players.

While Celta sit 11th and have lost their last three La Liga matches, it would be foolish for United to underrate them. The victor of this tie will play either Ajax or Lyon in the Europa League final, slated for May 24 in Stockholm, Sweden. United could have been out of sight had they showed more composure, with Lingard and Mkhitaryan guilty of spurning gilt-edged chances.

It was a let off for a United side that restricted Celta to long-range efforts for the remainder of a first half in which goalkeeper Alvarez was key.

Watch a preview of the Celta Vigo vs. Manchester United match from the BT Pundit panel in the video below. "We have two matches in one week against Celta".

Celta scored goals in all six away matches in the Europa League.

Only Hugo Lloris has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League this season than David De Gea and United will need him on top form on Thursday evening.

Should United have played Marcus Rashford from the start of the season? The fact that this is only the first leg, might mean that United will push for a - yep, you guessed it - draw. The strike was his 19th goal for Manchester United in all competitions.

  • Julie Sanders


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