United welcome back trio for Europa semi

Manchester United received a welcome boost ahead of the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo with the news that Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are back in training following their injuries.

United travel to the Stadium de Balaidos on Thursday to take on the Spanish club hoping to gain a significant advantage ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford next week.

The English giants have been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks, especially in the defence, but manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that defenders Smalling and Jones and midfielder Pogba will be in contention for selection for Thursday's encounter.

Mourinho also said that his side will make the Europa League their priority towards the end of the season, ahead of the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho says @PhilJones_4, @PaulPogba, @Smalling & @EricBailly24 are all available for tomorrow's #UEL game. #MUFC

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The Portuguese mentor said: "Smalling, Jones and Pogba are back and, in relation to the Europa League, it's very important.

"They came on time. We have two important matches in one week against Celta. It's important to have everybody back.

"In relation to the Premier League, I think it's too late because in the past month of April we played nine matches, seven in the Premier League, and we had too many problems, too many players absent.

"Because of that we had players who had to play 750 or 800 minutes of football and we paid the price. We played against fresh teams.

"At the moment the perspective is different because the Europa League becomes even more important for us, and the players coming back give us more options."

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