A brilliant and spectacular free kick from Rashford gave Mourinho’s team a merited triumph with a strong all-around performance, as they defeated Celta Vigo 1-0 in the Europa League first leg at the Estadio Balaidos to hand the Red Devils a first leg advantage.
The atmosphere in Estadio Balaidos was enchanting as Celta facilitated their first Europa League semi-final game, against Manchester United. It was history really taking shape, and the tension was reasonable in the opening minutes.
The midfield territory was tight with both teams doing combating for possession. Rashford indicated flashes of attacking danger down the left before Celta discovered their rhythm and settled on the ball, which constrained United to make a stride back.
Manchester United shook off the pressure with Rashford by and by cutting in from the left flank and firing a clinical strike which was setting out toward the top corner before Sergio Alvarez sprung to save it away for a corner kick.
The pulsating encounter hoped to open up after this, yet the home side defence rapidly got over into position. Pogba did well to play Mkhitaryan a through pass, and again Sergio Alvarez saves Celta from going behind after he spread himself to save a finish with his legs.
However, the visitors were not ruling all that unmistakably, but rather the clearest chances were coming to their direction. Rashford teed up Lingard inside the box for the midfielder to strike straight at the attendant, who saved the ball away.
The game kept on being tight as the second half got in progress and Celta assumed the responsibility of dominating the game. It was the home side who had two great opportunities to go in front, first with an Aspas header which goes wide and after that with a Sisto strike that took a mischievous redirection to compel a decent save from Argentine goalkeeper Romero.
Rashford was still a looming danger, and Hugo Mallo was awarded a yellow card for ceasing the striker as he arranged to blast into the territory. Danny Blind appeared as though he would go for a shot, as the position was perfect for a left-footed player, but at long last, it was Rashford himself who took the set piece.
The strike shocked Alvarez this time, as Rashford twisted the ball into the far corner. A brilliant and significant goal from Rashford, and his first historical Manchester United goal from outside the 18-yard-box.
Celta attempted to push forward and get an equaliser in the rest of the minutes, but it was a strongly guarded show from Mourinho’s side that scarcely gave the home side a possibility.
The significant win was eclipsed by another frighten injury as Rashford limped away having spent ten minutes on the field. The winger was holding his hamstring and was not ready to proceed.
Manchester United earned a merited victory that gives them a preferred standpoint going into the second leg.