UEFA Europa League semifinals, Manchester United 1-1 Celta Vigo (Agg: 2-1): 5 talking points
Manchester United had to work hard to book a place in the Europa League final.
The second leg of the Europa League semifinal between Manchester United and Celta Vigo had almost everything. A goal for the Red Devils in the first half was followed by a resurgence from the Celta side who never were in any mood of giving up. They kept up the pressure right up until the end and were rewarded with a goal in the 84th minute but still needed one more to get through to the final.
United held on but must thank the Gods as John Guidetti missed an absolute sitter in the 96th minute which could have completed a sensational comeback. Old Trafford witnessed a cagey performance from the home side but were given a sigh of relief after Marouane Fellaini scored the opener. The match also included a brawl which saw the goalscorer for Celta, Facundo Roncaglia and Eric Bailly sent off for literally punching blows on one another.
Right here, let's take a look at the five important talking points from a brilliant match that happened at Old Trafford which was dubbed as "the most important in the club's history" by Jose Mourinho.
#1 Manchester United were the second best team in the tie
In a game of utmost importance for Manchester United, it was Celta Vigo who looked eager from the word go and were sharp in possession and off it too. And at times, it looked as if it was the Galicians who wanted it more than Jose Mourinho's men as the Red Devils were looking second best despite resting their main men in the weekend clash against Arsenal.
But Fellaini's goal which came at a crucial time changed the complexion of the game as Mourinho decided to shut shop for the umpteenth time this season after the early goal. They invited pressure on to themselves and had to endure some tough phases in the second half. Celta enjoyed 67% of the possession but failed to cut open this United backline which proved to be the deciding factor in the second leg.
A match on which United's entire season hinged on was in the end effectively handled by the manager who now has a crack at the final to win a trophy for the Red Devils which they have never quite taken seriously until this season. And Manchester United know that they have an able man to lead them in the final who has won 11 of his 13 cup finals since his Porto days.