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Jose Mourinho is rarely a happy camper but the Manchester United manager has been particularly grumpy of late. He’s been grumbling about the amount of games that his side have had to play in April (nine, as you’re asking), about the commitment of some members of his squad and even about the amount of information his players share on social media.
Listening to Mourinho in the media and you’d never know that his team were one point away from fourth spot in the Premier League and in the semi-finals of the Europa League. You’d also be hard pressed to believe that Man Utd had lost just one of their last 22 matches in all competitions. It is, however, clear that not all is rosy at the club ahead of the first leg of their semi-final against Celta Vigo on Thursday.
Any issues off the pitch at United will have to wait until the summer. In the immediate future, Mourinho must come up with a plan to avoid defeat at Balaidos despite the fact that he is without a fit centre back. That would prove to be a challenge against any team but it will be especially problematic against this Celta Vigo side. Eduardo Berizzo gets his team to employ a high energy, high pressing, attacking style of football which will ensure Man Utd have a lot of defending to get through.
Man Utd 7/4 (Betfred)
Celta Vigo 21/10 (Ladbrokes)
Draw 11/5 (Bet365)
Despite their injury concerns, Man Utd have been installed as the bookies’ favourites to win Thursday’s match. Mourinho’s team are clearly very difficult to beat but you’ve got to think they’re a bit short at 7/4 with Betfred.
It is a little tough to know exactly what to expect of Celta Vigo. Berizzo’s men are capable of some wonderful football as evidenced by their 4-3 win over Barcelona at Balaidos earlier in the season. However, that was their sole win against the top eight teams in La Liga.
It’s also tough to get too much of a read on Celta Vigo’s recent form. Berizzo has clearly taken the decision to forfeit Celta’s La Liga position in favour of their Europa League campaign so you should take the fact that they’ve only won one of their last six games with a pinch of salt.
In contrast to Celta Vigo, we can be fairly sure what we’re going to get out of Man Utd. When the going gets tough, Mourinho likes to make his team as difficult to beat as possible and he’ll surely tell his players to be cautious. That’s worked well in the Premier League but it’s hard to see that approach working against Celta Vigo’s full on approach. So, the 21/10 that Ladbrokes are quoting on the home side looks like good value.
Draw 1-1 @ 11/2 (William Hill)
Man Utd 1-0 @ 13/2 (Paddy Power)
Celta Vigo 1-0 @ 7/1 (Ladbrokes)
Draw 0-0 @ 15/2 (Ladbrokes)
Man Utd 2-1 @ 10/1 (Betfair)
Celta Vigo 2-1 @ 10/1 (Stan James)
While a safety first approach is unlikely to work for Man Utd, Mourinho is nothing if not pragmatic. One of his key skills as a manager is to spot how a match is unfolding and make tactical changes to influence the game. That’s a skill he may well need to employ in Spain on Thursday.
Thankfully for Mourinho, he has some high quality attacking players capable of digging the team out of a hole by scoring a potentially vital away goal. That makes the odds of 10/1 that Stan James are quoting on Celta Vigo winning 2-1 look tempting but a better option could be to back over 2.5 goals which is 11/8 with Paddy Power.
Iago Aspas 6/1 (Betway)
Marcus Rashford 6/1 (Stan James)
John Guidetti 7/1 (Bet365)
Claudio Beauvue 7/1 (Stan James)
Wayne Rooney 7/1 (Bet365)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7/1 (Paddy Power)
Anthony Martial 7/1 (Boylesports)
Pione Sisto 9/1 (Coral)
As well as the problems that Mourinho has at the back, he was also dealt a big blow recently with the news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out for the season. But, as one door closes, another opens and Marcus Rashford has stepped up to the plate as Man Utd’s main striker.
Rashford could well get on the scoresheet on Thursday night but it’s much more likely that a Celta Vigo player will score the game’s first goal.
Both former Liverpool forward, Iago Aspas, and John Guidetti, ex of Man City, would love to score but the man to support is Pione Sisto. The young Dane is making a big name for himself and has already scored twice in the Europa League. At 9/1 with Coral, Sisto looks the value bet in the First Goalscorer market.
Celta Vigo to win at 21/10 with Ladbrokes
Over 2.5 goals at 11/8 with Paddy Power