Celta coach Eduardo Berizzo says "we have to be true to ourselves" if the hosts are to stand a chance against a Manchester United side looking to "close the circle" according to José Mourinho.
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- Celta coach Eduardo Berizzo: We must "stick to our identity and play with our hearts"
- José Mourinho has Pogba, Mata, Bailly, Jones and Smalling available again
- United in search of only European trophy that has so far eluded them
- Celta have lost their last three games and won just two of their last eight
- United are 11 matches unbeaten, winning six of them
Celta: Sergio Álvarez; Mallo, Cabral, Fontàs, Jonny; Radoja, Pablo Hernández; Aspas, Wass, Sisto; Guidetti.
Out: Rossi (knee), Planas (knee)
Manchester United: Romero; Valencia, Bailly, Darmian, Young; Pogba, Carrick, Herrera; Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Martial.
Out: Shaw (ankle), Ibrahimović (knee), Rojo (knee)
Eduardo Berizzo, Celta coach
We all have to pull together and believe we can get the result we've dreamt of. To make that dream a reality we have to keep everyone motivated and try to overcome what is a great side by making a huge effort. I hope we experience a special night.
Manchester United are one of the biggest teams around and the only way to beat them is to stick to our identity and play with our hearts. We have to be true to ourselves. My players have matured at incredible speed and tomorrow they'll be very confident in themselves. This is the game every Celta fan wants to see.
José Mourinho, Manchester United manager
I don't think too much about the [potential] achievement. I know it's the only competition that Manchester United as a club have never won. It would be great to close the circle and say "we are a club that has won every competition in the football world". With so many [injury problems] it would be a good achievement for us as a team and would allow us back into the Champions League next season.
In a competition with so many teams, with very good balance, almost every team in the knockout phase was of the same level. They have managed to reach the semi-finals and that says everything about Celta.
Celta 0-3 Athletic Club (Raúl García 35 50, Rico 83)
This was a third consecutive defeat and a fifth in six Liga outings. With the likes of Iago Aspas, Pione Sisto and Jonny left on the bench, the Galician side were undone by a pair of opportunistic strikes from Raúl García before Mikel Rico rubbed salt into the wound.
Manchester United 1-1 Swansea (Rooney 45+3pen; Sigurdsson 79)
United extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to a single-season club-record 25 games but failed to claim a home win for the 11th time this term. Wayne Rooney scored for the second weekend running but Gylfi Sigurdsson's brilliant free-kick denied the hosts victory.
Manchester United: DDWWWD
Reporter's view: Richard Martin (@UEFAcomRichardM)
The UEFA Europa League has been as much as a saving grace for Celta as for United this season and Berizzo has heavily rotated his team before and after European nights, resulting in five defeats from the last six league matches. Mourinho has been less willing to rest players as the Red Devils fight to finish in the top four, which could mean the Spanish side feel fresher. That would hugely assist their intense, high-pressing game. Indeed, United might be the favourites but Celta have beaten Real Madrid and Barcelona this term and fear no one.
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Mourinho faced Celta four times in his final campaign at Real Madrid (2012/13), his charges winning three and losing one (one 2-1 defeat and one 2-1 win at Balaídos). Find out more in our extensive match background.