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Thursday, May 11, 2017

United's Quest for European Silverware Continues

You wouldn't know it to talk to most United fans, but their side is poised for a big European final in a couple of weeks. Of course, it isn't the Champions League, but no matter. It's still a European final. United go into this second leg of their semi final with Celta Vigo at Old Trafford tonight a goal up from the first leg due to a lovely free kick by Marcus Rashford. Join me to see United through to that final with Ajax or Lyon from around 3pm onward.

122 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, chaps - I hope you're having a relaxed week. I'm just about through Finals Week here in Fred-town and easing into summer break. Wahay!

2:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Both managers have decided to field exactly the same sides that started the first leg. But Celta’s players have vowed to be less deferential towards United than they were back then. That, at any rate, is what Iago Aspas told Sid Lowe.

United: Romero; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Fellaini, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Rashford

Subs: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Carrick, Mata, Rooney, Martial

Celta Vigo: Alvarez; Mallo, Cabral, Roncaglia, Jonny; Wass, Radoja, Hernandez; Aspas, Guidetti, Sisto

Subs: Villar, Fontas, Diaz, Bongonda, Beauvue, Jozabed, Gomez

Referee: O Hategan (Romania)

2:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The atmosphere at Old Trafford seems to be coming nicely to the boil, aided by the jubilating of some 3,000 Celta fans.

2:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams coming out at OT now. Come on, United!!

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're underway at Old Trafford on this momentous evening. Some real PPP points at stake.

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Within seconds of kickoff United aim a long ball for the head of Fellaini on the flank. The old Egil Olsen tactic there. It’s put out for a throw-in to United. Nothing comes from it.

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great run and jink inside Aspas before launching a vicious curling drive that Romero claws away.

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Pogba had a chance to play in Marcus Rashford there but he overcooked the ball and Rash had a difficult time controlling it. The chance evaporates.

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Celta are hogging possession. United have fallen to easily into defensive mode, inviting the uppity visitors forward. What do you mean you’re not surprised?

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! United are 1-0 up on the night now! Fellaini diving in to open the scoring for his side.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Brilliant ball in from Rashford and when Hair Bear popped up at the back post you had a feeling that that cushioned header off the fro was going straight in at the near post. Great goal!

2-0!

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Miki streaking through to play Rashford in. Just couldn't get to it.

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That goal doesn't really change anything, as Celta knew coming in that they had to score two to progress tonight.

3:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Bob. Thanks for the post. Great to see United in control. poor goalkeeping on that header from Hair Bear.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half way through this first half and United are well in control of this tie.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, MUR! Great to hear from you. Yes - United are doing well so far.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Herrera with yet another foul. This time on former Citeh reject, Vladi weiss.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Herrera will need to mind his Ps and Qs from here on in. He's committed a series of niggly little fouls.

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers,Bob. Great to be chatting during the business end of the season and the business end of the season.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great effort from Hernandez but Romero was equal to it, tipping over the bar easily.

3:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Romero does well to tip over a long range effort from Pablo Hernandez.

3:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

At least this will be our last Thursday night match of the season. It gets old after a while.

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

In the other tie, Ajax are already 0-1 up in Lyon, adding to their first leg win of 4-1. They're cruising it. Do you fancy the Dutchmen in the final?

3:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another Celta set piece and Weiss to take.Thankfully, he shows why he couldn't cut it at Citeh with a horrible free kick well wide.

3:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think we can take Ajax to the cleaners!

3:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The French Lions sure are being tamed.

3:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ha ha! Nice one, mate!

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Alarm bells ringing in the Celta box again there.

3:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Curious Vigo defending off a pass into the box, but they get away with it.

3:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate. Just a fortnight, till we meet the ghosts of Cruyff and Neeskens.

3:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mkhitaryan is going through his full repertoire of tricks. Any minute now he’s going to whip a bouquet of flowers from his sleeve.

3:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The ref sure wasn't going to turn a blind eye on that challenge on Hernandez.

3:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM! What about the shilling from the ear of a Celta player?

3:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think the final is in a baker's dozen evenings from this evening in Stockholm.

3:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm sure that's coming as well.

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'll make sure to prepare some pickled herring for the occasion!

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pogba blasts over off a flick from Hair Bear from a long ball and is none too pleased to not be awarded a corner, throwing toys from the pram.

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It’s all gotten rather scrappy. And that suits United, who are stronger and more athletic.

3:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wish I was there to savor the occasion. I guess I can watch while my students are reviewing for semester exams.

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - best moment so far for Celta. Sisto made it to the by-line and pulled it back for Weiss who stooped for the header but put it wide.

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed.Really scrappy . Long may it continue so we can run down the clock.

3:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rashford streaks through on goal but he was a mile offside.

3:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rash just offside as he was through on goal.

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Celta's shooting is like Trump's remarks. Off target!

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lyon have a penalty now....

A stutter step approach from Alexandre Lacazette...and scores!

1-1 on the night. Still 2-5 Ajax on agg.

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Darmian wins a tackle for a Celta corner. A free header from Guidetti, another Citeh reject, is straight to Romero.

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'd say that that's bringing Celta into disrepute!

3:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Halftime at OT with United one up on the night and two up on AGG.

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh my! Lacazette has scored again for Lyon!!!

What drama! It's 2-1 now on the night. 3-5 on aggregate. Game on?

3:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice one. It may very well be.

3:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm going to wrap things up here at work and head home to watch the second half from the comfort of the Cottage.

3:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WOW! Two more goals from the Lyons and ET will phone home.

3:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate. Look forward to chatting with you during the second half.

3:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Celta make a change prior to the second half kickoff as Jozabed is on for the ineffective Vladi Weiss.

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from OT!

KEEP A CLEAN SHEET, UNITED!

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Celta nearly pulls one back as Romero has to be alert to a cut back that seemed to be going out of play

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm home now and have my feet up and some chips and salsa at my side. Come on, United!

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rash is brought down from behind off a short free kick

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hair Bear has a shot blocked off the free kick from Blind then the keeper superbly turns around a long range effort from Miki.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Congratulations, mate. Still about 45 minutes till it's time to head home then a really busy evening.

4:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If Celta lose then they will have to write a congratulatory note with Le Pen.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A tad naughty by Hair Bear, but the Celta player made a meal out of it.

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Like Herrera, Hair Bear is now treading a fine line with the Romanian referee.

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just once I'd like to see Aspas live up to his cracking name and control the ball off his bum.

4:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Is he another Citeh reject in that Celta side?

4:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not too far wide from Guidetti, one of the Citeh rejects in the Celta side.

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Miki is taking his time on the floor now, eating up pressure seconds.

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Miki down from a hand to the head on what seemed a fairly innocuous challenge.

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What on earth is Brad Friedel prattling on about? Zlatan was a "detriment" to United this season? He's scored 25 bloody goals, mate!

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm not sure what Brad is thinking? He's surely not a statto!

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Rash got through on goal but Alvarez stood his ground really well.

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Great close range block from the Celta keeper from Rash

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Aspas falls flat on his Aspas for diving off a challenge from Miki. Aspas booked for that.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another Celta change as Bangonda is on for Radoja.

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now the link has buggered.

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Hair Bear with a left footed drive now, that Alvarez tips around.

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

My link is now showing multi colored stripes like BBC 2 did back in the day

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Double change for Celta - the manager is rolling the dice now.

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Are you watching on Fox Soccer 2 Go?

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WAY HAY! The link is back running and the replays shows the finger tip save from the shot from Hair Bear.

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes. I am , and now it's back up and running.

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Meanwhile in France, Lyon haven't added to their lead in the second half so Ajax still lead there 5-3 on aggregate.

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Blind clears for a Celta corner.

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PHEW !!! Guidetti heads well wide with a free header.

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - big chance for Celta there with Guidetti ghosting into the area but getting far too much on the header.

4:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's bolt the door time with Carrick replacing Miki.

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Carrick is on for Miki as Jose aims to run down the clock

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from the Celta gaffer as Beavue is on for Sisto.

4:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Herrera booked for his umpteenth foul of the match

4:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Guidetti is cleared then the return pass is out for a goal kick.

4:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Herrera heads out a cross from Beauvue for a Celta corner.

4:45 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The comeback is on as Rachid Ghezzal makes it 3-1 Lyon and now the y trail only 5-4 on agg.

4:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh my. Celta have one back! Sorry, mate. All to play now.

4:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bailey blocks for a Celta corner that is headed out by Pogba for another.

4:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's the header the Guidetti was trying to pull off fifteen minutes ago.

4:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What's this now - Valencia seems to be in big trouble.

4:48 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BUGGER! THE NEXT CORNER WAS TAKEN SHORT AND CELTA SCORED A HEADER OFF A CROSS FROM THE SHORT CORNER. RONCAGLIA WITH THE GOAL AND NOW UNITED HAVE A SLENDER 2-1 LEAD ON AGG.

4:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Red cards flying now! One of the Celta players has been sent off. The ref has dropped his card. It's all happening now.

4:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bailly seems to have been sent off as well. I don't know why - it was clearly Valencia who pushed the player. Extraordinary scenes.

4:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WOW!!! BOTH TEAMS HAVE A PLAYER SENT OFF 1 BAILEY FOR PUSHING GUIDETTI AND RONCAGLIA FOR RETALIATING WITH HIS OWN PUSH A MINUTE AFTER SCORING.

4:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rashford is being sacrificed now. Chris Smalling will come on to tighten things up at the back.

4:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Not sure why the Celta staff is trying to chase Bailey down the tunnel. They should be punished for that.

4:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BLOODY HELL! What good does it do bringing Roon on for Lindy? He's an accident waiting to happen. I can understand Smalling for Rash

4:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Five minutes of stoppage time.
BUGGER! NOW HALF A DOZEN OF STOPPAGE TIME.

4:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Herrera down with cramp

4:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This match is rapidly deteriorating now. United just want to get into the dressing room.

4:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ajax is down a man as they are also holding on to a slender one goal agg lead.

4:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cabral booked for wither a foul on Hair Bear or the reaction.

4:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rooney appears to be on merely to corner flag it, wasting precious seconds off the clock.

4:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jose kissing his watch for good luck. SAF never had to do that

4:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ajax have made it through their tie - so this lot will know who they'll play in a fortnight.

4:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Halfway through stoppage time.

BLOW UP , REF!

4:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The ball's in the net from Herrera but it's been ruled out.

4:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BUGGER! WHY WAS THAT GOAL FROM HERRERA DISALLOWED? Pogba called for a foul, but he looked like he was fouled.

4:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They barely held on as Lyon nearly made a comeback

4:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Guidetti had a big chance right at the death!

And it's all over. Phew! United are into the final. Congrats, mate!

4:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks to a miss control by Guidetti, United clear and
WAY HAY! It's over as United hold on to win 2-1 on agg. Guidetti is besides himself.

4:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Celta players are in tears.

4:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it for me, mate. I'm off to make some dinner.

5:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks, mate and thanks for your support. Hopefully, we can take Ajax to the cleaner in a baker's dozen evenings from now.

5:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers, mate. Time to head home. Look forward to chatting this weekend.

5:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

PHEW!!

Bloody Useless

6:14 PM  

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