United, Ajax squeeze into Europa League final

United, Ajax squeeze into Europa League final

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Manchester United survived a sizeable scare to reach its first Europa League final after a nervy 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo on Thursday completed a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Jose Mourinho’s side will play a youthful Ajax team in the final at Stockholm’s Friends Arena on May 24, when it can complete its trophy collection and — perhaps more importantly — book a place in next season’s Champions League.

Ajax advanced to its first European final in 21 years despite a 3-1 defeat to Lyon in France, the Dutch side progressing 5-4 on aggregate.

Marouane Fellaini’s 17th-minute header put United 2-0 up on aggregate, but Celta hit back late on through Facundo Roncaglia, who was then sent off along with United’s Eric Bailly following a center-circle shoving contest.

“We suffered until the end and it was open until the last second,” United manager Mourinho told BT Sport.

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Published: Fri May 12 2017 07:43:51 GMT-0400 (EDT)



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