Preview: Manchester United v Celta Vigo

Manchester United will be aiming to book their place in the UEFA Europa League final when they host Celta de Vigo in the second leg of their semi-final on Thursday.

Europa League
11 May 2017
Semi-final, second leg
Kick-off: 21H05 (GMT+2)
Venue: Old Trafford

Referee: O. Hategan
Assistants: O. Sovre, S. Gheorghe
Fourth official: R. Ghinguleac

Head-to-head summary:

Manchester United 1 1 0 0
Celta de Vigo 1 0 0 1

Previous encounter:

Celta Vigo 0-1 Manchester United (04/05/17) Europa League

Manchester United goalscorers: M. Rashford (67′)

Players to watch:

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford on the sidelines, United will be looking to the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Wayne Rooney to provide the firepower.

Celta striker Iago Aspas has bagged 24 goals across all competitions this season, and remains the club’s main threat in the final third.

Team form and manager quotes:

The Red Devils take a 1-0 advantage into the second leg after a lone strike from Rashford secured victory for the visitors in Spain last week.

Jose Mourinho’s charges come into the clash on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, but it was also their first loss in 12 games across all competitions.

Talking about his selection decisions, Mourinho told the press after the defeat to Arsenal: “I told them I only have three changes to make. It’s [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan, [Matteo] Darmian and [Ander] Herrera, I told them before the match, so I’m also in the position where instead of making changes to improve my team my changes are to give rest, so they tried to play 90 minutes.

“They gave everything, they played well and it’s very good, because now they have these 90 minutes in their legs and they are ready to play even Thursday.”

Meanwhile, Celta have endured a torrid time in recent weeks, losing five consecutive games in all competitions. The Spanish club most recently lost 3-0 at Malaga in La Liga, following the defeat to United.

Despite trailing, Celta manager Eduardo Berizzo remains optimistic about his side’s chances to surprise United at Old Trafford.

He told beIN Sports: “This will force us to attack in the return match. We are ready. We have confidence in the fact our attack is freed. I retain the fact we have competed.

“We will go to England to make a great game and get a great result. We’re keeping our chances, it’s not over. What happened in the first leg showed us how to play back.”

Team news:

The hosts are unlikely to be able to call upon Ashley Young and Rashford for the crunch game, while Luke Shaw also remains sidelined through injury.

Celta are without the services of goalkeeper Ruben Blanco and striker Giuseppe Rossi, who are both out injured.