Facts about Man United Europa opponent: Celta Vigo

Manchester United have drawn Spanish club Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

United qualified for the last four after a hard fought win over Anderlecht in the quarter-finals. The Reds were stretched by the vibrancy of the Belgian side and needed an extra time winner, scored by Marcus Rashford in the 107th minute, to claim a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Jose Mourinho’s men will be meeting Celta for the first time, with the first leg to be played on May 4 in Spain and the second leg a week later at Old Trafford. United are considered strong favourites to win the competition.

Some Facts About Celta Vigo

Celta finished as runners-up behind Ajax in Group G and defeated Shakhtar Donetsk, Krasnodar and Genk in the knockout stages, en-route to the semi-final. They progressed to the semi-finals after an aggregate 4-3 win over Genk in the quarter-finals.

The club, who will be making their first appearance in a major European semi-final, is managed by Eduardo Berizzo and currently sits in the tenth position on the La Liga table, having won 13 and lost 13 in 31 league matches.

The Spanish club qualified for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup for three consecutive seasons, in 1998/99, 1999/2000 and 2000/01. Some of their interesting stats in the competition include defeating Liverpool at home and away in the competition in the 1998/99 season and followed it up with a 7-0 triumph over Benfica the next season. They have featured in the Champions League only once which was in the 2003-04 season

Three former Premier League players are plying their trade with Celtic. Ex-Liverpool player Iago Aspas, former Man City’s John Guidetti and United academy graduate Giuseppe Rossi but he will not feature against his former club due to injury.

Aspas is The Galician side’s top scorer. The 29-year-old has been involved in19 goals in 28 league appearances, scoring 16 of them this season. He has also netted five goals in 10 games in this season Europa League.

 

 

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