Guidetti: We can come back against Man United and reach Stockholm final
- Author: Julie Sanders May 17, 2017,
May 17, 2017, 23:41
Manchester United's teenage striker Marcus Rashford struck a stunning second-half free-kick to secure a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo in their Europa League semi-final, first leg on Thursday, leading to praise from his manager Jose Mourinho.
United remain in contention for a top four finish - they now sit just a point behind Manchester City - but with trips to Arsenal and Tottenham to come during the run-in, Mourinho has made the Europa League his clear priority.
Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United's 1-0 advantage against Celta Vigo is "short" as the Galicians "deserve respect" in the return leg.
Celta scored goals in all six away matches in the Europa League.
Daley Blind ran over the ball, and while the angle may not have been ideal for a right-legged player, Rashford made light of that by curling the ball over the Celta Vigo wall and giving Alvarez no chance.
As is so often the way in modern football, if a belting goal goes in from a set piece, we can be certain there will be fan footage of the event.
'But the opponent was hard, the match was hard, the stadium was hard, so I can not be happier with the players and their work.
The first was a spectacular one-handed dive to stop a curling shot from Rashford from going into the top corner in the 20th.
"Sometimes the training session finished and he keeps working with my assistant", said Mourinho. The free-kick is really well taken, and the goalkeeper has no chance with it.
"At half-time it should be, I don't want to say three but two (goals) and the result is open and I think we played enough to have the result closed". We have to believe in our own capabilities but still, in a semi-final, anything can happen, so we have to be at our best in the next game.
"Last year we scored three goals away against Atletico Madrid to go through (in the Copa del Rey) and their defence is very strong, and this year we won 2-1 at the Bernabeu and they are nearly in the Champions League final".