Europa win won't make Man United's season a success, says Roy Keane

  • Europa win won't make Man United's season a success, says Roy Keane

Europa win won't make Man United's season a success, says Roy Keane

After a disappointing defeat at the Emirates on Sunday, Manchester United's path to the Champions League is very clear now.

United take a 1-0 advantage into their Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo, and will progress to the Stockholm final if they prevent Vigo from scoring to set-up a clash against the victor of the other semi-final between Ajax and Lyon, with the Dutch side leading the tie 4-1 on aggregate. It was not a gamble.

"Let's hope the new lasting memory of me in England is knocking Manchester United out of Europe, for the sake of Celta Vigo, and for the happiness it would bring to Liverpool supporters too", he told the Daily Mail. As Jose Mourinho said, the championship for the team does not make any sense, and therefore the focus of the rest of the season will be the trophy of the Europa League. Seventeen matches in seven weeks, April and May. 17 matches with 16 players is completely impossible.

"So since we lost players and initially lost four of them in one week when we lost Smalling, Jones and lost Rojo and Zlatan against Anderlecht".

"It was not a gamble - it was just a outcome of our situation". They won the FA Cup last season, they have secured the EFL Cup this term, and now they are just two good results away from lifting the Europa League.

"My feelings, it's also the most important match of our history".

The Portuguese said: "For Celta it is, in their words, the most important match of their history". It doesn't matter what happened before, how big the matches before were. Celta looked a limited side last week and I think United will ease to a 2-0 win to book their place in the final.

"It's a massive risk, but if Mourinho takes United to the final and they win, people will say he did the right thing". It was really a very strong Old Trafford.

They can also call upon cup pedigree that saw them overcome Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of this season's Copa del Rey, a year after they had accounted for Atletico Madrid at the same stage of the tournament.

The club's all-time leading goal scorer found himself heavily linked with a move to the Chinese Super League in February, but released a statement underlining his intention to remain at Old Trafford and continue with the club's fight for silverware this season.