Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Lingard: Rashford is wonderful

Lingard: Rashford is wonderful

Jose Mourinho exposed Rashford had actually played from the outset with a slight injury in Spain on Thursday, as the striker's stunning free-kick protected United a 1-0 lead over Celta Vigo after the first leg of their Europa League semi-final. "It was difficult for both teams, it was a very hard match and both teams defended well".

The Portuguese manager has made it clear that winning the Europa League is his main priority over trying to finish in the top four of the Premier League as a way of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Mourinho continued: "We tried to win the match".

"I think if you ask his team-mates, they would probably prefer to play with Rashford up-front", he said.

Rashford could well be among those rested given he limped off at Balaidos and has played more than any other attacking player for United since the start of April.

With five goals in eight Europa League games already, we're certain that plenty of people have tipped Henrikh Mkhitaryan to get on the scoresheet tonight, the Armenian carries United's threat alongside Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford.

"I don't like to say this competition is for one goalkeeper, that competition is for another one", he said. He had a fantastic shot in the first half with that handsome save and then the free-kick is work - he works every day and loves to work.

"He is a kid who stays after training for half an hour more to practice taking free-kicks and waits for the opportunity". I think from now until the end of the season every game is big.

Celta, playing in its first major European semifinal, lost for the first time in its last six European games.

"He's really fast and extremely unsafe", the Argentinian said. "In the first half we were disadvantaged and in the second we were better".

Guidetti also wants Celta to play with more speed and incision in the return leg at Old Trafford, with the striker's confidence in a momentous victory clear.

"We need to be human with the players, be sensible and use common sense in the Premier League".

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