José Mourinho: Eric Bailly received 'wrong card' against Celta Vigo
- Author: Julie Sanders May 13, 2017,
May 13, 2017, 5:11
"The boys didn't play a phenomenal match but they fought, they gave everything they had to give and I'm really pleased for them because 14 matches and we are in the final so it's good".
UEFA announced on Friday that the Slovenian will officiate the Stockholm clash between United and Ajax on May 24.
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In a game of utmost importance for Manchester United, it was Celta Vigo who looked eager from the word go and were sharp in possession and off it too.
United could have played even more matches had they not succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup quarter-finals - a game that saw Herrera dismissed in the 35th minute.
Qualification for the Champions League and two trophies would have to be viewed as success of sorts for United, even if serial victor Keane suggests his old club should be aiming for more than success in what he views as second rate competitions.
But United will be without influential centre-back Eric Bailly for the final, as he was sent off in the dying stages along with Celta's Facundo Roncaglia after a scuffle that threatened to disrupt the game. It means the opportunity to end the season in a flawless way.
"You learn from defeats and eventually down the line you hope to turn those defeats into victories", said the former Argentina defender.
Leading 1-0 from last week's first leg in Vigo, United doubled their advantage in the 17th minute when first-leg match-winner Marcus Rashford crossed for Marouane Fellaini to head home. We were fearless and we fought to the end and I'm proud of them. They covered every blade of grass and the connection they made with the fans who travelled from Galicia, I'm proud of all that.
"I don't remember one chance they had".
"That identity and that pride have grown recently and we've opened a huge hope among the supporters to go onto bigger and better things in the future", he said.
"I think, when you analyse it in the cold light of day, it will confirm what I thought about my team all season".
United had never lost a two-legged European tie after winning the first leg away from home, and knew they would reach the final by keeping a clean sheet at an expectant Old Trafford.