United 1-2 for Europa League glory

MANCHESTER UNITED are one game away from returning to the Champions League and they are 1-2 to complete the long road back to Europe’s elite competition by winning the Europa League.

Thursday’s tense 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo saw United progress 2-1 on aggregate and land a date with Dutch side Ajax in the final in Stockholm on May 24.

It may not have been Jose Mourinho’s first priority at the start of the season but it will now become a huge deal for the Red Devils, while Ajax’s exciting youngsters are 7-4.

Bet365 are quoting United at 25-1 to win next term’s Champions League in a market that requires them to first qualify and if they are to land that part of the equation they will do so with Sergio Romero in goal for the Stockholm showdown.

“If everything goes normally, and we have no problems, Sergio plays in the final,” said Mourinho, who must do without suspended centre-back Eric Bailly following his red card on Thursday.

United are joint-favourites at 10-3 alongside Chelsea to win next season’s Premier League in a market headed by Manchester City at 5-2.

Tottenham, who host United in the final match at White Hart Lane on Sunday before departing to Wembley for a season, are 9-1 with Liverpool at 11-1 and Arsenal are available at 16-1.

The Gunners are desperately fighting for a Champions League spot for next season and can be backed at 5-2 to sneak a position in the Premier League’s top four.

They may well need to win all three of their remaining matches, starting with Saturday’s trip to Stoke which is followed by home clashes with Sunderland and Everton.

City’s place in the top four is seen as almost locked in at 1-33 but Liverpool are out to 4-11.

The Merseysiders head to West Ham on Sunday with doubts over the fitness of Brazilian duo Roberto Firmino and Lucas.

Match in Focus

14:00 TODAY BT2

Cagliari v Milan

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Milan have not won any of their last five away games
Expert verdict
Cagliari's last game of the season will also be their last at the Stadio Sant'Elia for three years - they are scheduled to return to a revamped venue in 2020 - and they can sign off with a win over sixth-placed Milan. The home side will be highly-motivated to post an 11th home league win of the season, while Milan cannot finish any higher or lower.

 

Competitions

Whether it's the Johnstone's Paint Trophy or the Champions League, Soccerbase will ensure you don't experience a big cup upset

Teams

Agonising over Aberdeen?
Yearning for Yeovil? Our database is crammed with every football club you could possibly wish for

Players

A plethora of players ranging from Adebayor to Zamora. All you need to know to find out who is the best bet to score next

Referees

Card-happy control freak?
Astute arbiter? Make the right decision on any referee with the help of our specialist pages

Managers

From Allardyce to Zola, our massive manager database, with histories and win ratios, is sure to get your vote of confidence