Man United not in Europa final yet - Blind

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho heaped praise on Marcus Rashford's desire to improve after the 19-year-old's brilliant free-kick handed the English giants a 1-0 Europa League semi-final, first-leg win at Celta Vigo on Thursday.

While United hold the advantage going into next Friday's second leg at Old Trafford, Mourinho believes the tie could have been already over had his side made full use of their chances.

The result means that United are now just 90 minutes away from reaching the Europa League final, and Jesse says that the players are in high spirits ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Arsenal. And of course this isn't just about winning silverware as the victor of the Europa League gets a spot in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Rashford has scored 12 times in 48 games for Manchester United in all competitions this term. "We created chances in the first half and we deserved the goal".

"He works every day, he loves to work, sometimes the training session finishes for the group and he keeps doing his individual work with my assistant, so the free-kick is really well taken, I think the goalkeeper has no chance because the ball was really fast". "It could have been better, and seeing Celta's trajectory in the Europa League, they definitely deserve respect for the away match".

Rashford made the trip to Vigo by almost 1,000 United fans worthwhile. He's still going. He's going to fill out even more.

Until the goal United's finishing had been poor with Celta keeper Sergio Alvarez thwarting them several times.

On the other hand, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is on the verge of making history for the club. They are unbeaten in their last five matches with four wins and a draw.

United midfielder Ander Herrera hailed the defence for keeping a clean sheet on the night. Pione Sisto was also denied by a fingertip save from Romero as the Celta winger's deflected shot threatened to loop over the Argentine.

Jose Mourinho's side could have left Spain with more to show for their efforts, but once again they were left to rue their inability to kill games off. Forward Iago Aspas also came close with a header early in the second half.

  • Julie Sanders