Man United survive nervy finish to advance to Europa League final

At the end of two fiery clashes, Manchester United and Ajax have reached the Europa League Final, eliminating Lyon and Celta Vigo by narrow margins.

That was a promising sign of things to come from the Reds who took the lead on 17 minutes as Rashford's sumptuous cross from the left was clinically met by Fellaini at the far post.

Still Celta pushed forwards and they drew level in the 85th minute as Roncaglia's header sent the visiting sky blue hordes wild.

However, United were not too sharp in attack and chose to sit back, allowing Celta Vigo to equalize through Facundo Sebastian Roncaglia.

Matters were made worse for Viergever when he picked up a second yellow card moments later, but the undermanned visitors clung on for a 5-4 aggregate triumph amid sustained late pressure from Lyon to set up a final against Manchester United on May 24.

The Spanish side grew in confidence and were dominating play but against the run of play Fellaini powered home Marcus Rashford's delightful cross in the 18th minute past Sergio Alvarez to make it 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate.

The relief was as clear as the joy at the final whistle as United moved within a victory of the only major trophy to have eluded them in their success-laden history.

"We know that in the league it is nearly impossible to qualify for the Champions League so we will give it our all".

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They will face Ajax at the Friends Arena, with the Dutch giants overcoming Lyon 5-4 on aggregate. We are giving everything so when you give everything, no problem".

For all of United's dominance in the first leg, they endured a very shaky start at Old Trafford.

Ajax also almost squandered a first-leg lead, losing 3-1 to Lyon in France to go through 5-4 on aggregate.

Paul Pogba celebrates Manchester United making it through to the Europa League final.

United goalkeeper Sergio Romero saw his palms stung by a long-range attempt from the visitors early in the second half, but Celta's lack of time inside the box-not to mention poor composure-meant the equaliser was delayed.

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Ajax secured a place in their first European final for 21 years after surviving a huge scare in Lyon.

First Alexandre Lacazette scored from the penalty spot and just over a minute later was on hand to steer the ball over the line in front of goal from Nabil Fekir's cross.

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