Manchester United did it! By the skin of their teeth, the Red Devils made it to a European final under Jose Mourinho, in his first season in charge. The game at Old Trafford against Celta Vigo was looking pretty comfortable until they sat back and invited the pressure on.
The away side grabbed a goal courtesy of a bullet header, then the La Liga team continued to press and attack. For the most part, United dealt with everything resolutely; then came the turning point.
A coming together between Eric Bailly and John Guidetti meant that the Ivorian centre-back, alongside Facundo Roncaglia, were shown red cards with just five minutes remaining on the clock.
After the match, Mourinho claimed that he didn’t see the situation, but from what he has presumably heard from the players, he feels that it was the wrong decision. The gaffer also went to add that his player had probably been a bit naive.
“I didn’t see the incident but he [Bailly] was phenomenal. The game was emotional until the end for everyone.” Mourinho is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“Some kept their control in a better way than others. And I think it was the wrong card. The wrong card is not new in this kind of situation and probably Eric was a bit naive. I don’t know [the details of] the incident but we have lost a very important player for the final and we don’t have many.”
We’ll no be without him for the UEFA Europa League final, and this is absolutely huge. He’s been by far and away our best centre-back this season and the task at hand just got a whole lot harder. We’re now solely dependent on both Phil Jones and Chris Smalling staying fit for the next two weeks, because we’re absolutely desperate for both of them to play.
I just hope that this doesn’t ruin Bailly’s morale and confidence. He can still take part in our three Premier League games, and obviously, the United fans absolutely adore him so we’ll always have his back.