Arsene Wenger Dismisses Impact Europa League Would Have On Transfer Targets

Arsene Wenger Dismisses Impact Europa League Would Have On Transfer Targets

Jose Mourinho must patch up an injury-ravaged Manchester United squad as the English side's quest for Europa League glory faces its stiffest test yet with a semifinals, first leg trip to Celta Vigo on Thursday (Friday in Manila).

They next threatened just after the half-hour mark when a measured through-ball from Paul Pogba sent Henrikh Mkhitaryan clean through on goal, but Alvarez was quick off his line to thwart the Albanian at close range. "At half-time it should be already - I don't want to say three, but two". And Berizzo promised to go for United's throats in an attempt to put the tie to bed before next Thursday's return leg at Old Trafford.

However, United soon forced Celta onto the back foot again and took the lead in the 67th minute after Mallo chopped down Rashford around 20 yards from goal.

"[Rashford] is a 19-year-old kid, but a 19-year-old kid who is in love with football", Mourinho added.

"He is a kid who stays after training for half an hour more to practice taking free-kicks and waits for the opportunity". He works, he works, he works. "He's very mature and let's forget the age because it's not the age, it's the quality". United's players may well be exhausted, but it's worth noting that despite Mourinho's claim that nine games in April is "not human", only Eric Bailly of Mourinho's actual human players started all those games.

United have little wriggle room yet Mourinho intends to rest players in north London, saying they wasted their "last chance" to reach the top four by drawing 1-1 at home to struggling Swansea last weekend.

"The second leg? We'll try to score, like we before [in the first leg]". "The team was good, was strong and could make a strong atmosphere look nice. I think having that pace can be important".

Predators oust Blues to make franchise history
The demise of the Blues' season came in a predictable, and nearly fitting way: The team could not score enough goals. This is, remember, a youthful, inconsistent team that also coughed up a 2-0 series lead it had built in Anaheim.

"I hope to give some of that trust back to Mourinho by playing a good match".

"We've got to win the games and hopefully we beat Arsenal and can concentrate on the next game". And he insisted he had not changed his mind despite victory in Spain.

Juan Mata, who has been absent for the last six weeks with a groin problem, is also fit although Mourinho said the Spaniard was not ready to play 90 minutes.

Celta, now staying mid-table in La Liga, is about to contest their first key European semifinal versus United. We are going there to fight for a result but it's impossible.

With left-back Luke Shaw sustaining a foot injury in the same game, United were facing a defensive injury crisis, but manager Jose Mourinho may now have more options at his disposal than anticipated.

After the break Celta fashioned a couple of chances of their own, former Liverpool forward Iago Aspas seeing a header creep wide while he was also just off target with an acrobatic effort.

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