Lakenheath Old Boys

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

United's Spanish Road Trip in the Europe League Semis!

United hit the Europa League semi final stage tonight in Spain against a wily Celta Vigo side that they can hardly afford to take lightly. It's a busy day in the office, so I'll likely be in and out during the affair, but I thought I'd post this one so that anyone who is around can post as they wish. Come on, United!!

30 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, chaps. United have traveled a long and rocky road to reach this semi-final, with today’s match being their 13th of a competition that Jose Mourinho did not consider a particularly gripping pursuit when he started the journey. But somewhere along the way – probably between Luhansk and Rostov – the manager came to the grudging realisation that this was his team’s best route into next season’s Champions League. So this campaign is about more than winning a trophy, it’s also about ensuring that United and Mourinho never have to play for this trophy again.

2:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of Spain this evening:



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

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

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

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

Referee: S Karasev (Russia)

2:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're underway in Spain. I reckon a hard-battling draw, with perhaps an away goal, might be what United are hoping for tonight.

3:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What a chance! From a throw-in on the right, Celta easily work Radoja into a crossing position and he floats a fine ball towards the back post. Bailly jumps but can’t reach it, leaving Wass with a free header from eight yards ... but he sends it wide! A let off for United!

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

A quarter of an hour gone and Mou will be quite pleased by the proceedings so far. United haven't created much of yet but it's not really their agenda to push tonight.

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And as I type that, Rashford pushes the agenda. He jinks inside and unleashes a furious curling shot that goalkeeper Alvarez does well to claw away. Fabulous effort!

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

United stroke the ball around the back for bit, just to frustrate the hosts, who want to do everything at 90mph. Great match management there. Half an hour gone now.

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great chance for Lindy there but he complete whiffed on it as the cross was deflected toward him. Shame.

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

Winding down the first half then. UWS hates this stat, but United have had 52% of the possession. If they can continue to hang on to the ball in the second half, they'll be able to see this one out.

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Peep peep - half time arrives. United have been the better side with two clear cut chances for Lindy and Rashford, well foiled by Alvarez.

Off to get a bit of work done before the second half now.

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

We're back on for the second half now. Celta about to get us underway.

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Bob. I will sign on to the link . My last period class is taking a test ahead of progress reports.

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 , which would be a great result to take up to PT next week.

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Gea does well to tip over a deflected shot.

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry. I meant Romero. He's our EL keeper.

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hugo Mallo fouls Rash just outside the Celta box.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! RASH CURLS IN A SUPERB FREE KICK , GIVING UNITED A PRECIOUS AWAY LEAD.

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, MUR - that's marvelous news. United should be well on their way with that away goal.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks, Bob. It's definitely beneficial getting that away goal. BLOW UP REF!

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

Absolutely!

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

United substitutions: Young and Martial on, Mkhitaryan and Rashford off. The youngster looks like he might have picked up a strain of some sort, as he’s hobbling off.

4:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pogba booked for time wasting then doesn't get quite enough curl on the free kick.

4:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Young looking old, sitting down due to a pulled hammy or thigh strain

4:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from Jose as Smalling is on for Young.

4:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Smalling on for Yashley now. Mou is bolting the door in true Continental fashion.

4:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Five minutes of stoppage time. Why so much?

4:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nearly into stoppage time now. This is looking exceedingly good for United and everyone who backed them for the EL.

4:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WAY HAY!!! United hold on to get a great 0-1 away win, which really helps their chances of being in the final

4:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it for me. The Fourth was with United. I look forward to chatting this weekend.

cheers!

5:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

May the Fourth be with you too, mate. See you on Saturday morning!~

6:09 PM  

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