Manchester United vs Celta Vigo, Europa League

Manchester United vs Celta Vigo, Europa League

The atmosphere at Old Trafford has been lacking at times - certainly compared to the raucous away support - and the United boss wants to be spurred on by their fans on Thursday.

Acceptance that a Premier League top-four finish is likely beyond United led to changes in Sunday's loss at rivals Arsenal, but the Portuguese is unapologetic. "'What matters is the next one".

"Champions League would've been in touching distance".

"The more I can play, the better for me and the more I can help team".

Standing in its way is Celta, a Spanish club that could control the future for not just Manchester United but also Real Madrid, given it is the opponent in Real's game in hand in La Liga's title race.

The Red Devils go into the second-leg match at Old Trafford leading 1-0 after Marcus Rashford's late strike in Spain.

Celta have already eliminated Shakhtar Donetsk, Russian side Krasnodar and Belgian outfit Genk and are seeking to reach the first European final in their history.

Mourinho's caution earned him criticism from those united followers who believed he should have been more ambitious and gone all out for the victory at The Emirates.

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But Mourinho insists winning the second-tier Europa League for the first time would rival those achievements in 1968, 1999 and 2008 because United can not continue living off their illustrious past.

United's chances of finishing in the top four in the Premier League took a huge hit after they lost to Arsenal last weekend so it seems it's the Europa League or bust for the Manchester giants.

Yet with both Champions League finalists, Juventus and in all probability Real Madrid, sure to qualify through their domestic leagues, that will not apply.

The former Argentina defender said: "It doesn't matter what games I've played, the main thing is for the club".

Yesterday he was followed into the room by club captain and substitute Wayne Rooney, who suggested he would like to stay at the club next season.

Rooney continues to be linked with a big-money move to China, where his agent Paul Stretford spent time earlier in the year speaking to interested clubs.

"If we can win the Europa League, that will be three trophies in his first season".

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