Manchester United to face Celta Vigo in Europa semis

 21 Apr 2017 - 21:43

Manchester United to face Celta Vigo in Europa semis
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial (left) celebrates with team-mates Marcus Rashford (centre) and Michael Carrick after their second goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg match against Anderlecht at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on Thursday.


Nyon: Manchester United will face the Spanish side Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the Europa League over two legs and Ajax take on Lyon, after the draw.
Jose Mourinho's United will be strong favourites and have the advantage of playing the second leg at Old Trafford as they attempt to lift the Europa League, knowing victory in the final would give them a place in next season's Champions League.
United will travel to Spain for the first leg on May 4 before Celta visit Manchester for the return on May 11.
With United currently four points outside the Premier League top four, winning the Europa League for the first time may represent their best chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
Celta sit 10th in La Liga and progressed from the quarter-finals after following up a 3-2 home win against Genk by drawing Thursday's second leg 1-1 in Belgium.
Celta's top scorer Iago Aspas had an underwhelming spell at Liverpool, while fellow forward John Guidetti came through the ranks at Manchester City.
United have never faced Celta in UEFA competition and the Spanish side are through to a major European semi-final for the first time in their history.
As England's final European representatives this season, United were made to sweat by Anderlecht in the quarter-final second leg on Thursday. Marcus Rashford's extra-time goal sealed a 2-1 win at Old Trafford that sent United through 3-2 on aggregate. If United make it to the final in Stockholm's Friends Arena on May 24 it will be the club's first appearance in the decisive match of Europe's second-tier tournament.
It would also be United's first European final since they lost the 2011 Champions League decider against Barcelona at Wembley. Having already bowed out of the FA and League Cups and with their Premier League campaign reduced to battling for a top four berth, United's only hope of winning a trophy in Mourinho's debut season is the Europa League.
Mourinho's men have been beset by injuries in recent weeks and they suffered more bad news on that front against Anderlecht on Thursday as their leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic limped off.