English Premier League side Manchester United edged past Spanish giants Celta Vigo 2-1 on aggregate in their Europa League semi-final clash to set up a final against Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam.
Leading 1-0 from the first leg in Spain, the Red Devils took control of the tie on Thursday at Old Trafford as Marouane Fellaini headed home Marcus Rashford’s cross 17 minutes into the game.
But Celta levelled on the night through Facundo Roncaglia five minutes to stoppage time. They needed another goal to scale through but their equaliser only set up a tense final few minutes.
On 88 minutes, United’s Eric Bailly and goalscorer Roncaglia were sent off after a mass brawl.
The aggregate victory took the Red Devils a step closer to their first Europa League triumph and a return to the Champions League next season.
United will play Ajax, who beat Lyon 5-4 on aggregate in the other semi-final tie, in Stockholm on 24 May.
“Ajax will be difficult,” United manager, Jose Mourinho, said after the game. “They are a young team, strong team, they finish the league this weekend and will have 12 days to recover. We have three matches in that time.
“After 14 matches we are in the final. If we win the Europa League I am more than happy. It would be amazing,” he added.
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