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JOSE MOURINHO PRAISES MARCUS RASHFORD FOR HIS STUNNING FREE-KICK AFTER MANCHESTER UNITED BEAT CELTA


Manchester United boss José Mourinho praises Marcus Rashford after the striker’s goal sealed a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Rashford scored the only goal of the game direct from a free-kick in the 67th minute to give United the advantage before the second leg at Old Trafford

Marcus Rashford gives Manchester United vital away win over Celta Vigo

Marcus Rashford's superb free-kick gave Manchester United advantage over Celta Vigo of their Europa League semi-final

The 19-year-old striker's curling effort not only gave United the lead, but also a crucial away goal going into next Thursday's second leg at Old Trafford.

With United just outside the Premier League's top four - a point behind Manchester City and four off third-placed Liverpool - the Europa League may represents their best opportunity of earning a place in next season's Champions League.

They looked to have wasted their best chances in northern Spain - three times they were denied in the first half by home goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez.

As Celta improved, United's wastefulness seemed increasingly visible, only for Rashford to produce the sort of quality needed to beat the brilliant Alvarez.

Returning home with an advantage, Jose Mourinho's side will be strong favourites to progress to face Ajax or Lyon in Stockholm on 24 May in the final of a competition they have never won.

Marcus Rashford also scored the winner in United's quarter-final against Anderlecht

Rashford opens the scoring for Manchester United against Celta Vigo with this stunning second-half free-kick

Rashford,pictured as his mobbed by his United team-mates

The 19-year-old United striker looks on as his superb free-kick flies over the Celta Vigo wall on its way towards the hosts' goal

Jesse Lingard congratulates his close friend after seeing him the score a crucial away goal

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Photo credit: Daily Mail UK