Manchester United injury problems ease on eve of clash with Celta Vigo
May 07 2017 by Dustin Murphy
The two sides meet again at Old Trafford for the second leg on May 11.
United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a reliable Europa League goalscorer this term, was denied by Alvarez when clean through, while Jesse Lingard was the next to be thwarted by the 30-year-old stopper.
It was a relatively tiresome game in a full Balaidos Stadium on Thursday night, but the English side probably deserved the win after creating more chances against a rival they were able to stifle for long parts of the game, reports Xinhua news agency.
Mourinho insists he has no choice on team selection because winning the Europa League will give United a route back into the Champions League, and he knows mid-table Celta will rest players for their La Liga game this weekend.
David De Gea: United's injury woes means they will be forced to field an inexperienced back-line and that means De Gea's role will become even more crucial.
"Sergio (Alvarez, Celta goalkeeper) had a couple of very important saves and the way we started the game and controlled the game in the first half, I think we deserve a better result", United boss Mourinho said.
"We can not give the club the Premier League".
Daley Blind has warned his Manchester United teammates there is still work to do to secure a place in the Europa League final.
Celta created the first opportunity of note, Nemanja Radoja's inswinging cross headed poorly wide by an unmarked Daniel Wass from six yards. "Before that, we play Southampton away a few days before, so we would be playing the final with disastrous consequences", he added. That was until they were awarded a free-kick just outside the Vigo area in the 67th minute, and despite Paul Pogba being the recognised set-piece taker in the side, Rashford stepped up.
Rashford made the trip to Vigo by almost 1,000 United fans worthwhile.
60' - ROMERO SAVE - Sisto comes inside on to his right foot, his shot flicks the top of Valencia's boot and Romero leaps to tip it over.
Celta claimed away wins at Panathinaikos, Shakhtar Donetsk and Krasnodar during their campaign.