Fellaini heads Utd into Europa League final

The second leg of the Europa League semi-final saw Manchester United and Celta Vigo play a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Thursday. The draw secured a 2-1 aggregate win for United, taking them into the final of the Europa League.

Having won 1-0 in Spain a week ago, Marouane Fellaini extended United’s aggregate advantage in the 17th minute at Old Trafford when he headed in from Marcus Rashford’s deep cross.

However, Celta set up a tense finish when Facundo Roncaglia scored with four minutes remaining.

Both Roncaglia and Eric Bailly were sent off after a heated confrontation and John Guidetti missed a gilt-edged chance to send Celta through on away goals when he failed to convert with the final kick of the match.

United will face Ajax in the final in Stockholm on Wednesday, May 24, after the Eredivisie side beat Lyon 5-4 on aggregate.

It will be the first opportunity for United to win the Europa League trophy – the only major European trophy missing from their collection – and with a top-four finish in the Premier League looking unlikely, victory in Stockholm will secure a place in the group stage of the Champions League for United.

Jose Mourinho’s men have already won the EFL Cup, victory in Europa league final will give them a chance to win the double in his first season in charge at Old Trafford.

Having made eight changes in the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, Mourinho reverted back to the side that won the first leg against Celta 1-0, with Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Antonio Valencia and Fellaini returning to the starting line-up.

 



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