A week ago, Manchester United came away from Balaídos with a 1-0 lead which sees them favourites to overcome Celta Vigo in their Europa League semi-final encounter. But the Spanish side should not be written off ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday.
José Mourinho rested several key players — including Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Marcus Rashford — for his side’s 2-0 defeat away to Arsenal last weekend with one eye on ensuring Europa League progress against Celta.
With his top stars rested and ready for action, here is how we think United will line-up.
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Manchester United’s Europa League Gamble
United’s 25-game Premier League unbeaten run may have come to a crashing halt against the Gunners, but Mourinho has made it very clear that the Europa League is his priority for the remaining weeks of the season.
With the Red Devils currently sitting in fifth place in the English top flight, four points adrift of neighbours Manchester City in the final Champions League qualification place with three games to play, their best chance of making it back into Europe’s premier club competition next season is by winning its secondary tournament.
United put in a workmanlike performance against the Galicians in the first leg, with Marcus Rashford’s 25-yard free-kick giving them a crucial away goal. In the return fixture at Old Trafford, Mourinho’s men just have to avoid defeat in order to book their place in the Stockholm final.