Ratings: Pogba and Romero key for United making the final; Bailly saw red!


Manchester United beat Celta Vigo 2-1 on aggregate after a thrilling 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Thursday evening. United have pushed themselves, albeit against the odds as the Spanish side were testing United more, especially in the final third of the game, into the final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm in Sweden on Wednesday 24th May 2017. The bad taste will come from the fact that defender Eric Bailly will miss the match, only being available for the final three Premier League matches of the season due to being send off for a fracas in which he punched a Celta Vigo player with Facundo Roncaglia also seeing red for the part he played in the moment of madness. United will be missing Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Timothy Fosu-Mensah for the final, which will be a big loss against Ajax, who have shown what they could do by beating Lyon 4-1 last week, losing 3-1 this week, going through to the final on a 5-4 aggregate victory.

United played well at times with Marouane Fellaini scoring United’s goal through a header with a pass provided by Marcus Rashford with Roncaglia scoring the equaliser on the night, which seemed to cause more problems for United, especially in the final minute in which John Guidetti nearly scored with two seconds remaining of the match. Jose Mourinho will have a seventh match this month and a final match to the season before United recharge their batteries, aside of Michael Carrick’s testimonial at the start of June, which will come just before what is expected to be a busy summer for Mourinho and United with incomings and plenty of outgoing expected.

Goals: Marouane Fellaini 17′

Assists: Marcus Rashford 17′

Manchester United: Romero; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Fellaini; Lingard (Rooney 86′), Pogba, Mkhitaryan (Carrick 77′); Rashford (Smalling 89′)

Substitutes Not Used: De Gea; Jones; Mata, Martial

Bookings: Daley Blind 32′, Ander Herrera 81′, Eric Bailly s/o 87′

Manchester United

22 Sergio Romero

The Argentinian showed his class against Celta Vigo having to get involved in seven opportunities; making three saves, two punches and two catches as the visitors caused problems for United. Romero is a adequate stand in for David De Gea and it does make you wonder if he will be selected for the final after his heroics.


25 Antonio Valencia

The United captain for the evening had little to do defensively against Celta Vigo as Matteo Darmian was viewed as the weak fullback. Valencia was good on the attack, but lost his cool late on in the fracas which saw silly sent off.


3 Eric Bailly

Did his bit for United this evening and teamed with Valencia, got the better of most attacks on his side. He was sent off for lunging at Guidetti though, which may have been harsh and could be the subject of an appeal. The ABU's will say its just desert as he's a United player!


17 Daley Blind

The Dutchman did not look at the top of his game against Celta Vigo making some ill-judged mistakes and looking miles away from the player he could have been. With Bailly out for the final, he needs to work hard to remain in with a chance of playing.


Matteo Darmian

The Spanish side must have watched him against Arsenal as they seemed to use is position to get the better of United. The Italian did recover though, which was a good sign.


21 Ander Herrera

Herrera played well against the Spanish side, playing the defensive midfield role, but his opposition played better then they did a week ago, regaining possession and using it against United. Dis what was needed though with United JUST getting through.


27 Marouane Fellaini

The scorer of the opening goal which may see some appreciate him more, especially in that he is a danger in the box for a set-piece or with perfect crossed being aimed at him. The Belgian earned his place in the final in Sweden by seemingly putting United through with their goal. It could have all been different. He was aggressive when pressing forward, which is what was needed with United lacking many attacking outlets at this stage of the season.


14 Jesse Lingard

The England international was lively at times, but seemed to not have the added quality to help United get something more against Celta Vigo. He worked well with his teammates though, so it is easy to see why Mourinho opted for him over other players in the side.


6 Paul Pogba

Man of the Match for me. His class on the ball is something impressive and I don't get why people seem to miss this, defining his performances by his transfer fee instead. He showboated well, getting the advantage from doing so, which is fair enough. Playing is a preferred position with players to help him rise to the occasion will be so much better for him next season.


22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Armenian seemed to be looking to create and be the main attacking output from the start, which was a much-improved performance from his last match. Playing defensively was his weakness, being an attacker and all, but he helped get the job done.


10 Marcus Rashford

The 19-year-old was involved in four goals for United in the Europa League this season, scoring two and assisting two. His set up for Fellaini was impressive and he tried to push United through the door a bit more with his attempts. He handled it all well, though, which is a great sign for his and United's future.



16 Michael Carrick

Replaced Mkhitaryan. Helped United shore up the midfield, which seemed to be a position that the Spanish side got the better in. Helped his side extend their season by one match with a big prize on offer.


Ratings: Pogba and Romero key for United making the final; Bailly saw red!

Replaced Lingard. The captain came on after United and Celta Vigo were both down to ten men, helping steer his side to glory, wasting time in a manner which the opposition have opted for at stages this season.


Chris Smalling

Replaced Rashford. Came on late with both teams down to ten men. Helped United hold onto their slim lead.


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