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Manchester United's teenage striker Marcus Rashford struck a stunning second-half free-kick to secure a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo in their Europa League semi-final, first leg on Thursday, leading to praise from his manager Jose Mourinho.

Rashford made way for Anthony Martial with 10 minutes of the first-leg tie remaining, but boss Mourinho has played down any fitness concerns. "The players that are in accumulation, they are not going to play next weekend".

Berizzo believes his team are still capable of reaching the final, saying: "This will force us to attack in the return match".

"1-0 is really a short result".

The 19-year-old England worldwide has made a habit of netting important efforts since breaking into the senior side, with his admission to Pogba suggesting that his confidence is at an all-time high.

"Last year we scored three goals away against Atletico to go through and their defence is very strong and this year we won 2-1 at the Bernabeu and they are nearly in the Champions League final".

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Rashford left the pitch last night with what looked like a knock and is likely to be rested ahead of United's clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Rashford also had to be substituted, but Mourinho said that was a result of a problem he carried into the game.

United could easily have had one foot in the Stockholm final, but they could not get the commanding result that their dominant play warranted.

"A kid that finishes a training session, who stays half an hour more to take free-kicks". This is a great opportunity for United as they would looking forward to taking that lead in this first leg of the fixture. We have two fantastic goalkeepers, we have a third goalkeeper that I think will be the best Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation (Joel Pereira).

In a game where United needed their biggest players to turn up, the spine of Bailly, Pogba and Rashford gave us the edge we needed in Spain to earn the win and crucially keep a clean sheet away from home.