United handed Celta semi-final

21 April 2017 07:47:25 EST

Manchester United have been paired with Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the Europa League, with Ajax taking on Lyon in the other last-four tie.

The Red Devils reached the last four on Thursday evening with a 2-1 win over Anderlecht, with United needing extra-time to complete a 3-2 aggregate success over the Belgian side.

Meanwhile, Celta took their place in the semi-finals thanks to a 1-1 draw away to Genk, which secured a 4-3 aggregate triumph.

United and Celta have never previously met in a competitive fixture and the Galicians are currently in tenth place in La Liga, having also reached the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

In the Europa League, they qualified out of the same group as fellow semi-finalists Ajax, before accounting for Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Krasnodar and Genk in the knockout stages.

Prior to seeing off Anderlecht, United had disposed of Saint-Etienne and FC Rostov, having progressed from the group stage by finishing second behind Fenerbahce in Group A.

And United boss Jose Mourinho is hoping for a winning finish to the season, saying: "(Reaching the Europa League final would be) the perfect end to the season, a difficult season.

"It will be the perfect finale for Manchester United."

The second semi-final sees Ajax take on French outfit Lyon, with the teams having met in the Champions League on two occasions.

In 2002/03 the Dutchmen won 2-1 on home turf and 2-0 on French soil in the group stages, while nine years later their two meetings at the same stage of the competition both ended goalless.

Lyon are 11/4 to win the Europa League this season, with Manchester United 10/11 and Celta Vigo 7/1.

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