Man United set up Europa League final against Ajax

Solenn Plantier
Mai 12, 2017

Eric Bailly will miss the Europa League final after being sent off in Manchester United's semi-final second leg clash against Celta Vigo on Thursday night.

Obviously qualifying for the Champions League will result in the same problems, but at least that is a competition the club and fans want to participate in and will show some kind of progression from last season.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that there is more prestige and honour involved in winning the Europa League than just finishing fourth in the Premier League table.

After losing in the 36th round Arsenal 2-0, Manchester United significantly reduced their chances of getting into the top 4, and therefore simply must win the LE in order to ensure the team's participation in the Champions League next season.

In the game's last attack and with Celta needing one goal to go through on away goals, Claudio Beauvue chose to cross the ball instead of shooting from close range with only the goalkeeper to beat.

"I really don't believe so in this aspect I don't think there will be a difference between both teams". They'll likely be able to field their strongest side in weeks on Thursday, with key contributors like Chris Smalling and Juan Mata now back in the fold. Live streaming is available on FuboTV, which you can access at fubo.tv.

United boss Jose Mourinho had called on the Old Trafford faithful to create an atmosphere worthy of a European semi-final against Spanish opposition Celta Vigo. But then we saw the replay.

And yet one more home draw could well be enough to secure a Champions League spot provided United can win their second trophy of the season.

For the first time in six years, Manchester United will appear in a European final.

As Mourinho urged his players on from his technical area they responded well and first Rashford, then Fellaini, brought good saves out of Alvarez with low strikes inside the box.

United started shakily, with Blind looking particularly uncertain, and there were early murmurs of concern around Old Trafford when Iago Aspas cut in from the right and obliged Sergio Romero to tip his rasping shot over.

"He [Mourinho] has come out with plenty of excuses over the last few months but I can't see any reason why United should shy away from these challenges", he told ITV Sport.

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