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How Celta Vigo are proving to be a perfect rehab for players who struggled for form in England

Celta Vigo have quietly been building an impressive squad in Spain containing several players whose careers never got off the ground in England

Don’t be fooled by Celta Vigo’s current mid-table La Liga position.

Ever since earning promotion from the Segunda Division in 2012, following five seasons in Spain’s second tier, Celta have been punching above their weight.

Hats off to whoever picked that font

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Hats off to whoever picked that font

A 17th place finish in 2013 was followed by three consecutive top half finishes, something the Galician’s should achieve again if they end their campaign strongly.

But it’s Celta’s high octane style that has made them one of Spain’s most attractive sides and propelled the likes of Nolito and Rafinha onto a bigger stage.

Celta’s current crop are no different, with Eduardo Berizzo’s squad possessing some familiar faces who struggled to make the breakthrough in England.

Recognise any familiar faces?

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Recognise any familiar faces?

Iago Aspas

Aspas’ name is forever attached to the Sunday League-esque corner he took against Chelsea, such is the lack of impact he made on Merseyside.

A solitary goal against Oldham means he’ll go down as one of Liverpool’s biggest transfer flops, but talk ill about him in Galicia at your peril.

Aspas graduated through Celta’s academy and has only spent two seasons away from the club- at Liverpool and Sevilla- since making his debut when the side were in the second division.

This season he’s scored 17 league goals in 23 starts, making him the top scoring Spaniard, as well as netting five times in the Europa League and scoring his first goal for Spain. Hope Liverpool included a buy back clause.

From crap corners to top corners

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From crap corners to top corners

John Guidetti

No one will be more motivated to score against Man United than Guidetti, who spent seven years at Man City but only made one senior appearance.

Twenty goals in 23 games for Feyenoord during the 2011/12 season gave a glimpse of the talent the Swede possessed, but City still allowed him to join Celta on a free transfer in 2015.

Settling in hasn’t been easy, but Guidetti has still scored four goals in this season’s Europa League campaign while providing six assists in La Liga.

He offers a powerful option for Celta, which prove very effective given United’s lack of central defenders at the moment.

The hair might have gone but the love of scoring goals hasn’t

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The hair might have gone but the love of scoring goals hasn’t

Giuseppe Rossi

It’s difficult to talk about Rossi without going down the path of what could have been, rather that what was.

Sir Alex Ferguson described him as the most natural goalscorer to come through the ranks since Paul Scholes when he was at United, which looked bang on the money when he scored 77 goals in four seasons at Villarreal.

Even in spite of the knee injures that have blighted his career he still went through spells- 16 goals in 21 appearances for Fiorentina and six goals in 17 games to save Levante from relegation- where it was clear that he possessed the natural touch of a goalscorer.

But Rossi will be watching the United game from the stands, struck down by another knee injury two games after scoring a hat-trick against Las Palmas.

Fergie looking like a proud father

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Fergie looking like a proud father

Jozabed

Since joining Celta on loan from Fulham in January Jozabed has scored two goals and registered two assists in just nine starts.

Not bad for a man who started just one game in the Championship and was struggling to get on Fulham’s bench in the first half of the season.

The signs were there, given the 26-year-old scored nine times from midfield for lowly Rayo Vallecano the season before.

He may well be used to test out just how much Paul Pogba really wants to defend.

From battling with Steve Sidwell to trying to stop Isco

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From battling with Steve Sidwell to trying to stop Isco