Unbeaten in their last five European games, Celta will look to create a major upset in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals and get to the Stockholm decider at the expense of Manchester United.
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Ajax are within sight of the UEFA Europa League final as they welcome Lyon for their semi-final opener, and will hope their excellent home form can help pave the way to Stockholm.
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Manchester United made light of Zlatan Ibrahimović’s injury absence to close on the top four in England, but fellow semi-finalists Celta Vigo, Lyon and Ajax all suffered defeats.
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Manchester United made light of Zlatan Ibrahimović’s absence to close on the top four in England, while their semi-final rivals Celta suffered defeat and Ajax’s title hopes took a hit.
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Celta are meeting United for the first time in the semi-finals, but they have a former Red in their ranks as they look to end the English side’s bid for the last UEFA trophy that eludes them.
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Ajax have yet to lose in four European encounters with Lyon, but the only former UEFA Cup winners among the semi-finalists this season have to reckon with a lethal attacking force.
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Celta Vigo and Manchester United will meet for the first time in this season’s UEFA Europa League semi-finals, with Ajax and Lyon drawn against each other in the other tie.
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- Manchester United have been drawn to face Celta Vigo in the semi-final of the Europa League, with Ajax facing Lyon in the other tie
Manchester United have been drawn to face Celta Vigo in the semi-final of the Europa League, with Ajax facing Lyon in the other tie.
United reached the semi-finals by beating Anderlecht 3-2 on aggregate, with Marcus Rashford hitting an extra-time winner on Thursday night. Celta beat RC Genk after securing a 1-1 draw in Belgium, which meant they went through 3-2 on aggregate.
So there you go. Following in the footsteps of fellow Manc Steve Coogan, United will be taking a trip to Spain. The first leg will be on May 4, with the second on May 11.
Step forward Iago!
But who will United play!????!!!!!??
The first team out is…Ajax.
Here we go…
The man doing the draw for this one is…Patrick Andersson, ex of Bayern Munich and of course a Swedish man. The final will be in Stockholm this year, in case you hadn’t joined the dots.
Quick reminder that if United draw Celta, we could be in for the prospect of Iago Aspas taking a corner in England once again.
The mayor of Stockholm is on stage. She might be a robot. Reports unconfirmed so far.
Here we go again. Pedro Pinto sashays his way onto the stage in the UEFA lecture theatre. Hopefully the representatives from the clubs aren’t flicking ink at each other.
Quick reminder that this tournament does appear to now be Jose Mourinho’s priority. From a couple of weeks ago:
I just want to think that against Everton we are going to do what we tried to do [against West Brom], to try to play with our best team and try to win the match,” Mourinho said. “And after Everton we go to Sunderland with the same perspective, and then after Sunderland the Europa League comes and I don’t know. Then, it’s possible that you see me play in the Premier League with a team where I’m going to protect the players that I consider fundamental for the Europa League. But only, only if the results in the next matches put us in a situation where mathematically, it becomes almost impossible to do it.”
Here’s how United have reached this stage of the competition, by beating Anderlecht last night, although not without some cost…
Hello there. Look at you, back here for more. A quick reminder of the teams left in this Europa League draw.
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Premier League side Manchester United will face Spanish club Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the Europa League.
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• Mourinho wants Jones and Smalling to hurry back to help depleted squad
• ‘I don’t think Ibrahimovic and Rojo suffered easy injuries’
José Mourinho said Manchester United can still dream of winning the Europa League after reaching the semi-finals of the competition with victory over Anderlecht on Thursday night but implored Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to “be brave for the team” and try and accelerate recovery from injury on a night when Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were both taken off on stretchers.
The Swede injured his right knee and as he has yet to agree a new one-year deal at United there are fears the 35-year-old might never play for the club again should it prove a long-term problem.
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The Champions League and Europa League semi-final draw takes place on Friday, with Man Utd’s England sole European representative.
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Lyon reached the semi-finals after beating Beşiktaş on penalties, with Ajax and Manchester United needing extra time to book their progress. It was comparatively simple for Celta Vigo.
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Man Utd top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo suffer suspected knee injuries during the Europa League win over Anderlecht.
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Ibrahimovic’s season might be over after he twisted a knee against Anderlecht but the injury allowed match-winner Marcus Rashford to switch to the centre
The final act of normal time featured the sad sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic twisting his right knee and being taken off as the tie moved into extra time. Yet this would have a beneficial side effect for Manchester United with what happened in the 107th minute of the contest.
Ibrahimovic’s exit meant a reshuffle as on came Anthony Martial, who took Marcus Rashford’s wide-left berth, with the No19 becoming centre-forward – and his deflected left-foot finish took his side into the Europa League semi-finals.
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A one-time winner and three semi-final debutants – including a club in the hunt for their last missing European trophy – are in the mix; meet the four teams still standing in the UEFA Europa League.
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