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Summary

  1. Rashford hits brilliant free-kick to give United first-leg lead
  2. Second leg at Old Trafford next Thursday
  3. Winners face Ajax or Lyon (4-1 first leg) in final

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Bye for now

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That is your lot for tonight.

Next up for Manchester United is Arsenal away on Sunday.

Will that be the moment that their season shuts down to to one front?

Let's see. For tonight, it is job done and match won.

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Celta Vigo's work rate, their structure and their organisation was fine. 

But there was nothing extra from these players - there was no "wow" moment. 

It's not about this Celta Vigo team now. It's about how Manchester United turn up next week. 

One thing Mourinho will want to think about, is this could have been finished tonight. Once again, they didn't take the opportunities to finish this tie off but that is the story of United's season.  

They still have to turn up next Thursday. 

'We can forget Rashford's age'

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Jose Mourinho
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More from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: "Marcus Rashford is a 19-year-old kid who is in love with football. He stays after training for half an hour to practice taking free-kicks and waits for the opportunity. 

"He works and works and works so we can forget his age. 

"He started the game with a little problem and with all the running he was feeling it. 

"We tried to win the match but we missed chances. The team played well, they were compact against a team who are difficult to play against."

'The result is open'

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Manchester United

Jose Mourinho
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to BT Sport: "I am very pleased with the performance but not with the result. 

"At half-time we should have been three or at least two but the result is open. 

"We played well enough to have the result closed but we have to go and play at Old Trafford. 

"Let's hope Old Trafford want us to win because when Old Trafford wants it, we win."

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Jose Mourinho is just fulfilling his post-match media duties with a satchel slung over his shoulder, just in case they fail to get to the hint that he want to keep it short and sweet.

He says he is happy with the performance, but not the scoreline.

Full quotes to come.

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Tom Castle: It's about that point in the season when Mourinho tosses the medical team under the bus.

Fissuh Hailu: There is some problem in this United body management. So many injuries.

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Manchester United fans celebrate
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They can take this result to Old Trafford with tremendous confidence. Manchester United the better side by some considerable margin. 

They scored one - they could have got two or three goals but that is their story of the season. 

For Celta Vigo to go to Old Trafford and take a win - that's a lot to ask. 

When Man United turn up with the right attitude they are unstoppable. There was nothing wrong with their attitude tonight. They are half way to a European final. 

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Strange old game that. Plenty of chances, most for United, but a few for Celta. 

But between those opportunities the quality was lacking and the opening goal seemed to suck the belief out of the previously raucous home fans.

The football Twitterati seem a bit split by what they have seen.

Hugely entertaining game. United - and Rashford - impressively let off the leash, with Celta so open. Very assured display.

Score flatters Vigo. United much too good. Rashford excellent. Again. Line-up for Arsenal on Sunday will be interesting.

Finishes 1-0 to United. Rashford's sublime free-kick the difference. United made heavy weather of it. Celta Vigo a very average side

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Sergio Romero
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Manchester United's players stroll across to clap the travelling contingent.

Sergio Romero gets plenty of backslaps and bearhugs from his team-mates after a solid performance from the United number two.

But the injuries keep racking up. Both Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young have picked up knocks.

FULL-TIME

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Job done.

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...headed clear by Paul Pogba and Chris Smalling and that is surely that.

Iago Aspas looks dejected
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Celta with a late free-kick and a last chance to put the ball into the box...

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Matt Collingwood: Another injury. Just what Mourinho needs.

Richard: MUFC stats: Chances- 1,000,000. Goals - 1. Injuries - 2.

David Broome:  Wouldn't be a United game without a couple more injuries.

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Sergio Romero comes out and claims an aimless punt forward.

Celta running out of ideas and time.

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Jesse Lingard heads to the corner flag and wins the foul from Jonny.

United have decided that this scoreline will more than do.

SUBSTITUTION

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Claudio Beauvue is on in place of Mallo as Celta throw all hands to the attacking front.

FIVE MINUTES OF INJURY TIME

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An added five minutes for Manchester United to see out.

That will help. Pione Sisto over-cooks his cross.

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

The last thing you expect is to come on for 10 minutes and come straight back off again. 

Many might ask 'has he warmed up enough?', but sometimes you just get unlucky...

Ashley Young limps off injured
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SUBSTITUTION

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Ashley Young is limping out of the fray. His hamstring appears to have pinged as he tried to block a cross.

The substitute is substituted with Chris Smalling trotting on for the final minutes.

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Eric Bailly wins a free-kick in a tussle with Pione Sisto to jeers from the home fans.

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Paul Pogba with a cheeky cheap-shot free-kick, firing in a quick long-range effort from 40 yards.

Sergio Alvarez is out of position, but the ball slides just wide as he desperately crabs across to cover his exposed near post.

Nice thought from Pogba.

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Pione Sisto runs at Antonio Valencia
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Pione Sisto beats Antonio Valenica once, twice, three times, chopping inside and outside before finally supplying a dangerous waist-height cross.

Eric Bailly does well to get his head to the ball before John Guidetti's studs.

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Manchester United will remember what happened in the first leg against Anderlecht in the previous round, where they controlled the game in Belgium but conceded a late equaliser to breathe life into the hosts' hopes.

They can't afford to go back into their shell.

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

It's worth underlying that Marcus Rashford has been outstanding tonight. 

He has frightened the living daylights out of that Celta defence and he only gets better. 

And he will get better because there are plenty of areas he can improve in. 

Marcus Rashford is substituted
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SUBSTITUTION

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Marcus Rashford is heading to the sidelines. Pretty slowly.

It looks like the United striker has got a knock. He is hobbling. The Celta Vigo players are unimpressed though and encourage him to get a shift on in between moaning to the referee about the time taken.

Finally Anthony Martial is on in his place.

We are into the last 10 minutes.

SUBSTITUTION

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Celta's Jozabed
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A change for the hosts as Daniel Wass is withdrawn for Jozabed.

And United react by bringing Ashley Young on in place of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

CLOSE!

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That could have been the clincher.

The ball loops up invitingly to Jesse Lingard 15 yards out and the United winger RSVPs by return of post.

A crunching half-volley right off his instep, fizzes a yard wide and very nearly decapitates a ball boy behind the goal.

The little lad dived for cover behind the advertising hoarding.

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Celta Vigo push the pace as Iago Aspas jags in off the right wing, playing a one-two with John Guidetti and trying to get a sight of goal on his favoured left peg.

No room for a shot so Aspas flips the ball out to full-back Jonny whose low cross he volleys wide.

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RegularJon:  🎤We're Man United, we (only) score when we want! Rashford is world class!

Teh: Raaaaaasherrrrss!

Stuart Mitchell: United need to turn the screw after that goal, get a 2nd one keep a clean sheet, kill the tie now.

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Manchester United are weaving some pretty patterns in midfield. Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard swapping passes and trying to draw the sting from this tie.

1 - Marcus Rashford's strike was his 19th for @ManUtd in all competitions, but his first from outside the box. Lash.

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The Celta Vigo fans have dropped the decibel level for the first time all evening.

What can their side find in response? They have had their chances. Not as many as United, but enough to be on the board.

Twenty to go.

Superb from Rashford. Absolutely sensational. 19 years old and steps up to take @ManUtd's freekicks ahead of Pogba et al. He's got it all.

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Sergio Alvarez is beaten by Marcus Rashford's free-kick
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Brilliant from free kick from Manchester United.  

You have to say everyone thought Blind would take that free kick - even the keeper took a step to the left. The two men at the end of the wall were blind-siding the keeper.

A goal right off training ground - A brilliant goal. 

Rashford free-kick finds the corner

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Jesse Lingard celebrates with Marcus Rashford
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Marcus Rashford's pace and purpose wins the free-kick on the edge of the area and he dusts himself off to step up and curl a lovely shot out of the reach of goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez.

United have the away goal and the upper hand in the tie.

GOAL - Celta Vigo 0-1 Man United

Marcus Rashford

Breakthrough.

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Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

It's worth underlining Romero has had a really, really good game tonight. 

He has handled these crosses with consummate ease. There is a real confidence about him and he has also had a really good save. 

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John Guidetti
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John Guidetti has more hustle than Wesley Snipes in White Men Can't Jump.

The Celta striker earns a corner as he yaps at the heels of Eric Bailly, forcing the United defender to usher the ball behind.

Sergio Romero gets up slam-dunk high to claim the corner though.

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Simon Ngugi: Man United moving the ball slower than my kid is...and I have no kids.

Melvin J Bragg: Watching this game, can we not declare Ajax-Lyon a two legged final as neither Man Utd nor Celta deserve to go through?

Richard Sampson: United strong going forward, but can't score. Shaky at the back but don't concede. Strange season.

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Lovely stuff right up until the final shot from Marcus Rashford.

The United striker flicks the ball around the corner and leaves Gustavo Cabral choking on dust with a surge of pace.

He has options left and right, but chooses to go alone. Wrong call. His shot screws wide off his right peg and towards the corner flag.