The United manager is staking everything on Europa League glory, and if aiding that process means making wholesale changes against Arsenal on Sunday and Crystal Palace on the final day of the Premier League season, it is a price he made clear he is prepared to pay. We played well, we were compact against a team who are hard to play against.
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Alongside the suspended Marouane Fellaini, Pogba was expected to be available for United's semi-final first-leg tie at Balaidos after missing the Manchester derby with a muscle injury picked up at Burnley. He just gives them options.
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Jose Mourinho's team were on top for much of the game and could have won by more had a series of chances been converted. "We play in a similar way at home and away, we will try to be more effective than we were today".
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, pundit Nevin said: "I could talk all night about his positives because I love him as a player but there are a couple of weaknesses in his game".
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Neither Smalling nor Jones have featured for United since picking up knee and toe injuries respectively on England duty in mid-March.
United are now at the business end of the season, however, and Mourinho knows that elimination against Celta will ensure that his first season at Old Trafford is judged as a failure.
The 19-year-old has stepped up in the absence of injured top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with his rise showing no signs of abating given the improvements in his overall game.
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The Red Devils have failed to win any of the last six times they've faced Spanish opposition beyond the group stages in European competition (D1 L5). And he called on the United fans to help push his team towards the final in Stockholm when Celta Vigo visit Old Trafford next week.
Aspas has since become a Spain global and netted five goals in this Europa League campaign.
As the second half became stale, the teenage sensation stepped up and scored the crucial goal after he fired in a stunning freekick. Unfortunately we've been in the Europa League this year, but hopefully we can get to the final. It overcame a 1-0 loss at home in the round of 32 to Shakhtar Donetsk, and advanced by a 2-0 win in the second leg. Celta also defeated Real Madrid away from home in the Copa del Rey, and eventually eliminated Madrid.