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Manchester United squeeze into Europa final

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Montrelle Montesinos | 13 Мая, 2017, 04:18

For the record, since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, the Manchester United owners have immediately parted company with any manager that has failed to qualify for the Champions League and, with the Glazers in attendance, Mourinho was on the brink of fulfilling this very unwanted criteria.

The Spaniards began the second half as they did the first, taking the game to United and were nearly level inside 60 seconds of the restart as their right-back and captain Mallo nearly caught Romero out with a swift cross across the box from the right.

Kasper Dolberg's exquisite goal proved vital as 10-man Ajax clung on seal their place in the Europa League final despite a 3-1 defeat to Lyon, who saw their dramatic attempt at comeback fall short.

The aggregate victory took the Red Devils a step closer to their first Europa League triumph and a return to the Champions League.

Mourinho could end his first season at United with two trophies - he has already won the League Cup - and a place in the Champions League, which is guaranteed for the victor of the Europa League.

However, United were not too sharp in attack and chose to sit back, allowing Celta Vigo to equalize through Facundo Sebastian Roncaglia. Mourinho looked racked with nerves throughout the second half even though United was holding a two-goal cushion.

Marouane Fellainis 17th-minute header put United 2-0 up on aggregate, but Celta hit back late on through Facundo Roncaglia, who was then sent off along with Uniteds Eric Bailly following a centre-circle melee.

But United almost didn't make it to Solna altogether when former Manchester City man John Guidetti was handed the chance to put the visitors threw, only to fluff his lines.

United had a lucky escape themselves just before the hour - Guidetti sending a 12-yard half-volley wide of the left-hand post after good play by Sisto.

"We were the best team in the first leg but we never kill, we never score goals related to the chances we have", Mourinho told BT Sport. Appearing in their first European semifinal, Eduardo Berizzos Celta gave United several uncomfortable moments and there was panic in the hosts box during the fraught closing stages. The English team kept alive its ambitions of capturing the only major trophy missing from its collection.