The Red Devils have defeated Celta Vigo with a 1-1 win ( 2-1 agg), moving one step closer to a first Europa League triumph.
In the pre-match press conference Mourinho said: “For the club, it’s very important to be in a European final and to fight for the only trophy that the club has never won. It’s a long journey – this is match number 14 and we are going to fight hard.
And that’s exactly what the lads did… although they had no other option. The Spanish visitors piled on the pressure to equalise in the final few minutes, Roncaglia flicking a header into the far corner.
But who would’ve thought it would be Fellani to secure Manchester United’s trip to Stockholm? The Belgian midfielder headed home the young star Marcus Rashford’s cross, which took United a step closer to facing Ajax who defeated Lyon in the other semi- final in Stockholm on the 24th May.
The La Liga club have lost their last four European matches against English sides with their last victory coming against Aston Villa in 2000.
On the other hand, in their 115 year history, United have gained 20 English league titles and 3 European Cup/ Champions league victories. Winning the Europa league is now a must as the team aim to complete an impressive clean sweep both at ‘Holm and overseas.
Manchester United (4-3-3): Romero 6:5; Valencia 6, Blind 5.5, Darmian 6; Herrera 6, Pogba 6; Lingard 6 (Rooney 86), Fellani 7, Mkhitarayan 6.5 (Carrick 77, 6); Rashford 7.5 (Smalling 89)
Booked: Blind, Herrera
Subs not used: De Gea, Jones, Mata, Martial
Sent off: Bailly
Celta Vigo (4-5-1): Alvarez 6; Mallo 6, Cabral 6, Roncaglia 6.5, Jonny 6.5; Radoja 6 (Bongonda 68, 5.5), Hernandez 6; Aspas 7, Wass 6.5 (Jozabed 46, 6.5), Guidetti 4.5; Sisto 7 (Beauvue 80)
Booked: Aspas, Cabral
Subs not used: Villar, Fontas, Gomez, Diaz
Sent off: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (Romania)