Jose Mourinho will be eyeing another European record when Manchester United visit Celta Vigo this evening in the first leg of the second semi final tie of the Europa League.
The Red Devils have never crossed path with Celta Vigo in any competition and this makes it difficult to predict the possible outcome of this game. Though, Manchester has played Spanish teams in European competitions 47 times, won 12, drew 19 and suffered 16 defeats. Their familiar foes are Villareal and Barcelona.
Having won European competitions with Porto and Internationale, Jose Mourinho may be nearing another record of adding to his guise of teams with which he has won European cups. Apart from this, the Red Devils may need to win the Europa League to seal their place in next year’s UEFA Champions League as the European space at home is not yet in the bag. United drew their last two league games against Manchester City and Swansea giving bitter rivals, Liverpool a stronger place in the top four race after Emre Can’s overhead kick against stubborn Watford kept the Reds 3 points above Mourinho’s men.
Celta Vigo come to this game as an underdog after losing 3 league games on a streak scoring only one goal. Two of the games were at home. The last date the Celticos had with an English team was in the 2002-2003 UCL season when Arsenal eliminated the Spanish side at the round of 16. Their best record was against Aston Villa in 1998 when they beat the English side away 1-3 away from home.
However, Jose Mourinho will be delighted to have five of his injured players back ahead of the flight to Vigo. Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Juan Mata were all at the Carrington training on Wednesday in preparation for the Thursday tie.
Ajax may be awaiting the team to join them in Stockholm after thrashing Lyon 4-1 on Wednesday night.