Manchester United booked their place in the Europa League final last night, surviving a late onslaught from Celta Vigo at Old Trafford to reach the showpiece event in Stockholm in just under two weeks’ time.

The hosts began the game shakily, with Sergio Romero forced into saving from the lively Iago Aspas, though Marouane Fellaini settled their nerves by scoring with a powerful header in the 17th minute.

United created little else throughout the 90 minutes; Jose Mourinho knew that a clean sheet would see them comfortably into the next round.

Their Spanish opponents continued to dominate the ball and pressurize the home side, though it was not until the 85th minute when the match came to life.

Facundo Roncaglia struck in the to put the outcome into doubt for the first time over the two legs, with United looking uneasy defensively.

Then, the Argentine and the Reds’ Eric Bailly were sent off after a skirmish, giving the Spaniards six minutes of injury time to search for a goal that would take them through.

United did well to keep the ball away from the box in the most part, though with one of the last kicks of the game former Manchester City striker John Guidetti failed to make proper contact with the ball in what would have been an empty net.

There were tears from the away side at the final whistle, with Mourinho’s men clinging on to reach the final where they will face Ajax, who saw off Lyon 5-4 in the other semi-final.