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Celta Vigo v Manchester United: Europa League semi-final first leg – live!

Celta Vigo: Alvarez; Mallo, Cabral, Roncaglia, Jonny; Wass, Radoja, Hernandez; Aspas, Sisto, Guidetti

Subs: Villar, Fontas, Diaz, Bongonda, Beauvue, Jozabed, Gomez

Hello. Manchester United have travelled a long and rocky road to reach this semi-final, with today’s match being their 13th of a competition that Jose Mourinho did not consider a particularly gripping pursuit when he started the journey. But somewhere along the way – probably between Luhansk and Rostov – the manager came to the grudging realisation that this was his team’s best route into next season’s Champions League. So this campaign is about more than winning a trophy, it’s also about ensuring that United and Mourinho never have to play for this trophy again.

Not that this trophy should be ridiculed. It’d be a fine addition to any club’s roll of honour and United have never won it before. If Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Ajax and Internazionale aren’t too arrogant to have won it, then why should United be? They shouldn’t and, in fairness to Jose Mourinho, he has approached it with seriousness from the outset, even if it wasn’t his main target. The only valid way to suggest you’re too good for a competition is to go win it. Or qualify for a better one. Or both, which is what United are aiming to do this season.

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