Europa League

Celta 0 – Manchester United 1

Celta: Sergio Alvarez; Hugo Mallo (Beauvue 92’), Cabral, Roncaglia, Jonny; Daniel Wass (Jozabed 74’), Radoja, Pablo Hernández; Iago Aspas, Guidetti, Pione Sisto. 4-3-3.
Man Utd: Romero; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford (Martial 80’), Mkhitaryan (Young 78’, Smalling 89’). 4-3-3.

0-1. 67. Rashford. Curled free kick over defensive wall and away from keeper.

Yellow cards: Fellaini 33’, Hugo Mallo 66’, Pogba 86’.

Alas it was not to be! Celta are close to being knocked out of the Europa League after a 0-1 defeat against Manchester United on Thursday evening. Daniel Wass failed to convert a couple of chances for the locals early on, but only a string of saves by Sergio Alvarez from Rashford, Mkhitaryan and Lingard kept the scoreline unmoved at the break. Iago Aspas headed wide after the restart, and Romero had to tip a deflected shot from Pione Sisto over the bar, but midway through the second half Rashford got what was to prove the only goal with a well struck free kick. The Galicians have had to overcome poor first leg results in every tie in the knock out stages though, in particular overturning a similar defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk, so who is to say that they can’t do it again at Old Trafford next week?