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Celta Vigo vs Manchester United team news: Paul Pogba, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling travel to Spain

All the latest news as Jose Mourinho's men look to get the upper hand in Europa League semi-final first leg

Manchester United travel to Spain to face Celta Vigo as Jose Mourinho’s men begin their Europa League semi-final tie.

The Europa League presents a golden opportunity for United to secure Champions League football next season.

Jose Mourinho will need Marcus Rashford in the Europa League

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Jose Mourinho will need Marcus Rashford in the Europa League


Their top four hopes suffered a blow on Sunday when Gylfi Sigurdsson cancelled out Wayne Rooney’s penalty at Old Trafford.

That 1-1 draw sees the Red Devils’ hopes of a top four finish fall out of their hands, with neighbours City sitting a point ahead of them in fourth.

What is the latest Man United team news?

£100m man Paul Pogba and defender Phil Jones are set to give United a massive boost by returning from injuries. Both players trained on Wednesday and flew with the squad over to Spain.

Marouane Fellaini is likely to feature at Balaidos after picking up a domestic ban following his dismissal in the Manchester derby last Thursday.

The Belgian midfielder could line up alongside Wayne Rooney, who has scored in his last two Premier League games.

Rooney was a prominent figure in the group stages but has yet to feature in a knockout fixture so far this year.

Wayne Roney is back in goalscoring form

Wayne Roney is back in goalscoring form

United’s injury crisis looked to have worsened against Swansea on Sunday, with Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw both suffering ankle knocks.

And although Shaw is set to be out for the rest of the season, Bailly is expected to be fit to play.

What is the latest Celta Vigo team news?

Ex-Manchester City striker John Guidetti is likely to line up to face his former rivals, with the Swedish international noting the size of the task ahead for his side.

“Obviously they’ve got a good manager, a fantastic stadium, and they’re one of the favourites to win the Europa League but, as they say ‘Manchester is blue’ and that’s how it will be when we visit there as well, because we are Celta Vigo and we will try to keep the city blue.”

Former Liverpool man Iago Aspas is also expected to join Guidetti in the Celta forward line, with the Spanish international bang in form.

Aspas has netted 17 goals in La Liga this season, behind only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

However, one man that will not be playing against United in the semi-final will be ex-Red Devils strike Giuseppe Rossi, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament three weeks ago.

What TV channel is it on?

You can catch all of the action from Spain live on BT Sport 2 on Thursday night.

Coverage will start at 19:30pm, with kick-off set for 20:05pm.

You can also watch online at btsport.com if you are a subscriber, or follow all the action on the Sun live blog.

Both teams recent form guide:

Celta Vigo: WDLLL

Man United: WWWDD

SunSport prediction

Manchester United head into the first leg with a long injury list but Mourinho’s astute management in Europe could see the Red Devils go in as slight favourites.

Celta, however, will be looking to avenge their 3-0 drubbing at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

They have a good record in cup competitions this season, knocking out Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey en route to the final.

Celta Vigo 1-1 Man United