Europa League: Marcus Rashford rocket gives Manchester United away win in semis

Ross Houston
May 8, 2017

Following Thursday's first leg, Celta will travel to Old Trafford exactly seven days later for the second leg which will also kick off at 20:05 BST. In relation to the Premier League, I think it's too late because, in the month of April, we played nine matches, seven of them in the Premier League.

Manchester United are yet to move into "top gear" in their Europa League campaign, according to the former England manager Glenn Hoddle. "The free-kick is fantastic and I don't think the goalkeeper has any chance because the shot is very fast".

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (right) scores his side's first goal. We have got the belief and the manager believes in us to get there. We've got to treat them like finals. Alvarez thwarted Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard in one-on-one situations in quick succession before the break and Lingard missed a gilt-edged chance as United were frustrated.

Rashford could well be among those rested given he limped off at Balaidos and has played more than any other attacking player for United since the start of April.

However, Mourinho praised Rashford's ability to handle the pressure since Zlatan Ibrahimovic's season was ended by a cruciate ligament injury.

After the restart, the Sky Blues started strong and tried to take the game to United more and they nearly got the opening goal after Pione Sisto saw his shot brilliantly saved by Romero after taking a deflection off Antonio Valencia.

Rashford was criticised following the 1-1 draw with Swansea on Sunday after being accused of diving to win a penalty in the first half.

The 29-year-old has been a frequent starter for the Red Devils this season, making 38 appearances and scoring 10 goals in all competitions so far.

"It's part and parcel of football", he said.

"You've just got to focus on the next game and he's bounced back with that goal".

Manchester United are set to qualify directly into the group stages of next year's Champions League if they win the Europa League, barring one unlikely circumstance.

The trip to Arsenal is important in the race for the top-four, but the Portuguese knows the job is not done in a competition that offers Champions League qualification as well as a historic trophy.

Yesterday we were treated to an fantastic match-up in the other Europa League semifinal.

That appears to be good news for United this season, unless Atletico Madrid win the Champions League.

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