Europa League Final Stage 1/2, Season 2016/2017 – 2-nd Tie
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan
Manchester United play host to Celta Vigo on Thursday night having established a 1-0 lead from the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie.
1 – Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho hinted at aspects of his team in their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday by dropping Antonio Valencia, Paul Pogba, 2-Daley Blind, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
2- The importance of Thursday’s second leg went up a level when United suffered a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, with the result leaving them as outsiders to achieve fourth place in the Premier League table. That target is still mathematically possible but Mourinho has rightly stressed that the Europa League is their best chance of gaining Champions League football for next season.
3- Red Devils midfielder Marouane Fellaini may also come back into the side given his domestic suspension next weekend.
4- There is an element of risk to that mindset but aside from goalkeeper David de Gea, Mourinho will field his strongest possible XI against Vigo and against a club who sit in mid-table in Spain’s top flight, that should be enough.
5- Considering Armenian International captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan only played 61 minutes and Anthony Martial played the full match against Arsenal, you’d suspect the former starts on Thursday.
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1- Team head caoch Eduardo Berizzo made 10 changes for his squad’s trip to Malaga and the 3-0 setback will be put down to a weakened side being fielded, but it also showed the need for Berizzo to keep players fresh for the trip to England.
2- Giuseppe Rossi is the only long-term absentee for Celta Vigo, who rested most of their first team in the 3-0 defeat away to Malaga on Sunday night with one eye on this fixture.
3- Vigo have scored just two goals in their last 540 minutes of action, with their only victory in La Liga since the start of April coming against doomed Granada.
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