One of the matches of the upcoming Thursday will be an encounter of the semifinal of the Europa League between Manchester United and Celta. Bookmakers have set Manchester United as clear favorites of the couple in the upcoming game and it is hard to disagree with that. But it is important to note, that the Englishmen may not even defeat the Spaniards once again and even a draw theoretically will suffice for the Mancunians, but it is a domestic match and they want to win, but Mourinho is pragmatist for whom the result is much more important, than any love or sympathy.
After the defeat against Arsenal in the last round of the EPL, one can confidently say, that the victory in the Europa league is the main priority for Manchester United for the end of the season. The team still hasn’t lost chances on getting into England’s top-four, but to recoup four points against Manchester City in three remaining rounds is extremely hard.
And for Celta the UEL hasn’t been a priority for a long time, but in its turn, it will be very hard to recoup the created handicap against Man Utd. Now Celta need to score two goals at Old Trafford, whereas being able to concede only once. This isn’t an easy task, especially considering the fact, how good Manchester perform in defense. Whereas Celta themselves have experience of flawless away victories in the UEL this season. We may recall Panathinaikos, Shakhtar and Krasnodar.
It is undesirable for Manchester United to concede more, than one goal in the upcoming game, therefore there is no doubt, that the team’s defense will be extremely careful in the clash against Celta. Man Utd will not have Ibrahimovic. The Devils have been playing without their leader for quite some time now, but Mourinho still can’t fully replace the Swede.
Prediction for the match: Celta to score under 2 goals in the match.