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Manchester United injury problems ease on eve of clash with Celta Vigo

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The Red Devils held a training session on Wednesday morning before flying to northern Spain, with defenders Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly among those involved.

Celta Vigo boss Eduardo Berizzo said his side need to be "faithful to who they are" if they are to overcome United across the two legs.

Had it not been for a lack of cutting edge and a Premier League-high 14 draws, United would not be worrying about a top-four finish.

Midfielder Juan Mata could make his first appearance since groin injury, while Marouane Fellaini is available despite now serving a three-game domestic suspension.

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The Europa League becomes for us now more important and of course it depends on the result, the way we analyse the situation tomorrow [Thursday] after the match, but if we have to rest players next weekend, we are going to do that.

Path "Celts" in the semi-finals was quite hard.

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury, manager Jose Mourinho has announced.

But it now looks as though he will have more options at his disposal, while Pogba's return after missing the last two matches is more welcome news.

Mourinho has been critical of Jones and Smalling's unwillingness to play through the pain barrier and doesn't expect them to rush back meaning right-back Mateo Darmian, midfielder Michael Carrick or 19-year-old Axel Tuanzebe could deputise at the heart of the defence. A lack of pictures from the team bus have been noticeable after that infamous Snapchat while United were held up on the way to play West Ham in the final weeks of last season.

"The only risk is he can not play 90 minutes but that is the risk of if he starts, does he finish".

One player backing Celta to claim an upset is Nolito, who was signed by Manchester City from Celta for £13.8 million last summer.

However, having recovered from the turmoil of being benched in favour of Luis Suarez, the Spaniard has returned to the goalscoring form that saw the Merseyside club buy him, and has bagged over 20 goals this season.

Celta finished second in Group G to fellow semi-finalists Ajax, then overcame Shakhtar Donetsk, Krasnodar and Genk to set up this semi-final with United. "It is as simple as that".

Jose Mourinho: "I don't think they will".

"“I'm not as happy as I would like, I've not played much since December", said Nolito.

"In past month of April, we played nine matches, seven in the league, and we had too many problems, too many players absent, players playing 750-800 minutes of football, and we paid a price".