Jose Mourinho has explained why he wasn’t completely satisfied following Manchester United’s first leg 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final, pointing towards his side’s lack of precision in front of goal.
Jesse Lingard spurned three excellent chances in front of goal and Henrikh Mkhitaryan failed to take advantage of a one-on-one opportunity in the first half.
Marcus Rashford, who had also gone close during the opening stages, finally broke the deadlock after 67 minutes with a sumptuous free kick.
But Mourinho, speaking after the game, was unhappy with the way in which his side failed to put the tie to bed in Galicia.
“I am very pleased with the performance but not with the result,” he said.
“At half time should have been three or at least two but the result is open. We played well enough to have result closed but we have to go and play at Old Trafford.
“Let’s hope Old Trafford want us to win because when Old Trafford wants it, we win.”
Man United have one foot in the Europa League final and will, no doubt, head into the second leg convinced they can grab more goals after dominating the Spanish side from start to finish.
But one cannot help but feel as if, much like against Anderlecht, Mourinho’s men should be preparing for a formality – as opposed to a potentially nervy encounter – at Old Trafford next week. The trip to Spain was built up as a dangerous stumbling block for United but Celta, spearheaded by Iago Aspas, who must have only touched the ball about three times, were a blunt instrument going forward and lethargic at the back.
United were quicker, less predictable and stronger than their opponents from minute one and supporters will hope to see their side make the clear difference in quality count in the second leg.