Man Utd should be through already, says frustrated Mourinho

"After the goal they wasted a lot of time", the Celta striker said. He had a fantastic shot in the first half with that handsome save and then the free-kick is work - he works every day and loves to work.

As a result, Mourinho has reverted to using Rashford as their main striker and the England global has thrived in a central role after spending most of the season on the wing.

"I think everyone is confident", he said.

Alvarez thwarted Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard in one-on-one situations in quick succession before the break as United midfielder Paul Pogba's influence began to grow.

Owen, who represented Man United between 2009 and 2012, has said that Ibrahimovic "will always score a few more goals", but Rashford is the better option for the team.

"He worked really hard and caused them problems. he had a fantastic shot in the first half, and then that attractive save. He had a fantastic shot in the first half that (produced) a attractive save", added Mourinho.

"Sometimes a training session finishes for the group and he keeps doing his individual work with my assistants".

"It was a great free-kick".

"So for me not a problem at all and I think he will be really pleased with me that I am going to change my team against Arsenal". Tonight they were not superior, we were close and it's not impossible (for us to progress).

However, he lamented not having killed the tie off given Celta's excellent record away from home in Europe this season.

Marcus Rashford struck a stunning second-half free-kick to secure a 1-0 win. United did not dominate us running-out 4-0 winners.

Eight minutes later Manchester United reacted through Rashford who curled in his effort towards the top corner but goalkeeper Canelo Alvarez produced an acrobatic stop to push it behind for a corner.

Asked if he will rest players against Arsenal on Sunday ahead of the second leg, the Portuguese added: "The players that are in accumulation, the players that are with lots of minutes because we played nine matches in April and this one, so 10 matches in four-and-a-half weeks".

"You could see they made 15, 20 minutes (at the end) be three minutes of football", he concluded.

"That's what he does best.and it is something we have to learn from".

In-form Rashford, who also scored a dramatic extra-time victor against Anderlecht in the quarter-finals, scored a bending a free-kick into the corner in the 67th minute to ensure United take an away goal and a massive advantage going back to Old Trafford in a week's time for the semi-final second leg.

"The most important thing is to be ready for the occasion and to cope well with the moment", Mourinho told MUTV.

  • Julie Sanders