Man United reach Europa League final

Manchester United advanced to the final of the Europa League after squeezing past a spirited Celta Vigo 2-1 on aggregate in Thursday's semi-final at Old Trafford.

  • Manchester United 1 Celta Vigo 1 (2-1 aggregate)
  • Fellaini heads home the first
  • Wass goes close
  • Roncaglia heads home equaliser
  • Guidetti misses sitter to win it

Match summary

United were largely in control in the first half and took a deserved lead when Marouane Fellaini headed home from Marcus Rashford's accurate cross.

After the break, the Spanish team were in full control and Facundo Roncaglia found a late equaliser. In a frantic final few minutes, John Guidetti missed a sitter to win it at the death.   

Match report

It was the visitors who got out of the blocks quickly when Iago Aspas used his pace to cut inside Daley Blind, before firing an effort which forced Sergio Romero into a fine diving save.

United grew into the contest with Paul Pogba showing some good touches in midfield and they went in front in the 17th minute when Rashford sent in a superb cross from the left, which Fellaini headed home from close range at the far post.

United were having the better of the exchanges although Pedro Pablo Hernandez did force Romero into a routine tip over the bar in the 27th minute. Just before the break, Celta should perhaps have equalised, but Daniel Wass put his diving header wide from Pione Sisto's cross.

Guidetti went close after the interval, but narrowly failed to get on the end of another inviting Sisto cross. The Red Devils nearly hit back immediately when Henrikh Mkhitaryan sent in a powerful strike that forced Sergio Alvarez into a good save.

In the 58th minute, more clever play from Sisto saw Guidetti teed up by the penalty spot, but he couldn't get his foot around the ball and sent a left-footed strike a yard wide.

The striker was again the guilty party when he missed a golden opportunity to find a leveller, but somehow headed wide when he was completely free in the box with the goal at his mercy. However, the pressure paid off in the 85th minute when Facundo Roncaglia headed home from a cross from the right.

Eric Bailly and Roncaglia then saw red in the final moments after a scuffle. United had the ball in the back of the net in the final stages but it was ruled out for a foul, as Jose Mourinho's men had a rare attack.

With the last kick of the game, Guidetti missed an absolute sitter when he fluffed a chance in front of an open goal as United somehow hung on to advance to the final.

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