A Beckham-esque free-kick goal from Marcus Rashford was the difference between Manchester United and Celta Vigo, with the English team leading the way with an away goal in the first leg clash between the 2 sides. Come the second leg at Old Trafford, a nervy 1-1 draw means United just nicked it on aggregate (2-1), reaching the Europa League finals for the first time ever. An intense match which had goals, brawls, red cards and last moment chances, we take a look at some of the best Twitter reactions.
Pre-match thoughts from Mourinho
QUOTE: Jose Mourinho: “Tonight’s match vs Celta Vigo is the most important match of our history.” 😳
A Pogba showboating display was the first highlight, 11 minutes into the game
Paul Pogba. Simply world class. https://t.co/DBU2XihGQd
That piece of skill by Pogba was outrageous
6 minutes later, the Spanish side’s embarrassment increased as United scored to make it 2-0 on aggregate
A 4th goal of the season for @Fellaini – a vital one! Lovely deep, back-post cross from @MarcusRashford & Fellaini heads past Alvarez. #UEL
Tweets took a hilarious turn after Fellaini scored
@ManUtd @Fellaini GENETICALLY MODIFIED BROCCOLI DOING WONDERS FOR UNITED
Manchester United right now. 😁
Manchester United right now. 😁
And that Rashford cross didn’t go unnoticed
That cross from Rashford to @Fellaini was absolutely pitch perfect. It’s 2-0 on aggregate! #mufc 👏👏👏👏
Marcus Rashford: Has scored or assisted each of Manchester United’s last four goals in the Europa League #UEL
This tweet summed up Celta Vigo’s first half performance
Celta Vigo look every bit like a side 12th in La Liga. Nice and tidy and completely non-threatening .
Celta Vigo started well and improved as the second half started
Man Utd have completed just 69% of their passes since half-time. Sloppy start to the second half.
One fan took it too far to vent out his feelings
Imagine being bossed by Celta Vigo. Mourinho has no shame really hope he dies
Inspite of the Red Devils losing their spark, Marcus Rashford was still unstoppable
There’s only one way to stop Marcus Rashford… 😏
While Celta pushed, but couldn’t convert their chances
If Celta Vigo had someone that could finish, they would be half decent 😂 I hope ManUtd defend this poorly against us 😂😂
And at the 85th minute mark, things got lively. First, Celta’s most unlikely scorer headed the ball into the net.
GOAL! Roncaglia heads home from a Beauvue cross and Celta level at 1-1 (2-1 agg ) (85). #UEL
5 – Five of Celta Vigo’s 11 away goals in the Europa League this season have come in the 80th minute or later. Drama.
And it all heated up after the goal, with a massive brawl involving players from both teams
Celta de Vigo are literally going out with a fight. #ManchesterUnited #EuropaLeague
And 2 red cards!
Bailly and Roncaglia red carded. Scenes! https://t.co/0PEc6kNsmX
2 – Eric Bailly has now been sent off twice in the Europa League in 2016/17, more than any other player in the competition. Mist.
Can we do an arrangement where Bailly’s red card is transferred to Smalling? @EuropaLeague @UEFA
Not only is it the theatre of draws 😂😴for the special one-one….😂😂 It’s now 1-1 with red cards 😂😂😂 https://t.co/dBoxVa54Rf
6 minutes of added time followed
Manchester United fans looking at six minutes of added time like…
And both sides were close to changing the outcome of the match
First a disallowed Herrera goal to seal the deal
90+4 Herrera scores but it’s disallowed… Still 2-1 on aggregate! #MUFCCelta https://t.co/eV8bNul6Ie
And a last gasp Celta Vigo chance spurned
John Guidetti missed a golden chance from six yards with the last kick! https://t.co/9L2DjVoTa5
And it’s Manchester United who triumph and successfully reach the Europa League finals, eliminating the dejected Spanish side
FT! Man Utd 1-1 Celta Vigo (2-1 agg). https://t.co/8QorqOLTK1 United scrape past Celta Vigo and will face Ajax in the Europa League final.
Flurry of tears streaming down the Celta Vigo players and fans as they lose to the UNITED 2-1 on aggregate.
1 – Manchester United have reached the final of the Europa League/UEFA Cup for the first time in their history. Collection.
WE’RE IN THE FINAL AND JOSE LOVES IT! 🔴
Do catch the finals!
The Europa League final is set: Manchester United vs. Ajax!
Tweet of the day:
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 11, 2017