Manchester United break nine years of Spanish hoodoo with win at Celta Vigo


Manchester United’s 1-0 win at Celta Vigo on Thursday evening snapped a nine-year drought for the Red Devils.

Thanks to Marcus Rashford’s second-half strike, United won a knockout round European match against a Spanish side for the first time since 2008.

That match in 2008 happened to be the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. Following that win, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side went on to lift the European crown with a penalty-kick win over Chelsea in Moscow.

In United’s previous six matches against Spanish opposition past the group stage, the club had posted five losses and one draw.

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United will look to advance to another European final when it hosts Celta in the return leg at Old Trafford next Thursday.