How Man Utd squeezed into Europa final

Solenn Plantier
Mai 13, 2017

Still Celta pushed forwards and they drew level in the 85th minute as Roncaglia's header sent the visiting sky blue hordes wild.

Eric Bailly saw red for Manchester United, while Celta Vigo's goalscorer Roncaglia received his marching orders.

Weeks after he passed that comment, the former Manchester City striker missed an open goal from eight yards out to give Manchester United a pass to the Europa League final.

United will play in their first Europa League final and their first European showpiece match since losing in the 2011 Champions League.

United advanced 2-1 on aggregate after drawing 1-1 against Celta Vigo. Rashford cut in from the left and produced a wonderful delivery to the far post, where Fellaini headed past the suspect Sergio Alvarez.

"Now, after 14 matches, we are in the final".

Despite a nerve-wracking 3-1 defeat in their Europa League semi-final second leg in France the Dutch side progressed 5-4 on aggregate.

The result meant yet another draw for United on the night, but Mourinho could not be too upset with United one game from qualifying for next year's Champions League group stage.

The Ivory Coast centre-back will be suspended for the final against Ajax in Stockholm later this month, leaving United manager Mourinho to grumble about Roncaglia's provocation and his player's needless reaction.

"It was a great opportunity as it was right at the end but we created half-chances right throughout the game", Berizzo said.

Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini explain the importance of Man United's progression to the Europa League final.

The drama ramped up another notch as Bailly and Guidetti clashed a minute later, the Swede going to ground after receiving a hand to the face and Roncaglia retaliated by shoving the United man to also receive his marching orders.

Kasper Dolberg opened the scoring for Ajax in the semi-final second leg but Alexandre Lacazette's double just before halftime put Lyon ahead on the night and substitute Rachid Ghezzal added another goal for the hosts late on. They covered every blade of grass and the connection they made with the fans who travelled from Galicia, I'm proud of all that.

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