Rio Ferdinand reacts to Man United’s 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo in Europa League

The Manchester United legend plays down the significance of the Red Devils's performance after Thursday night's 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand insisted Manchester United’s performance in a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo is irrelevant after Jose Mourinho’s side reached the Europa League final on Thursday night.

The Red Devils were 1-0 winners against Celta Vigo last week after Marcus Rashford scored a brilliant goal in the first leg of their semi-final clash in Spain.

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini extended the home side’s lead on aggregate on Thursday night with a 17th-minute header at Old Trafford.

Celta Vigo, though, levelled the second leg on the night when Facundo Roncaglia headed past Manchester United number two Sergio Romero in the 85th minute.

Former Manchester City striker John Guidetti wasted the chance to secure a shock win for the visitors with the final kick of the ball.

Speaking to BT Sport about Manchester United’s unconvincing performance on Thursday night, ex-defender Ferdinand played down the significance of the home side’s display.

“I’ve almost lost my voice. It was heart-attack material towards the end.

“Manchester United were very comfortable at times during the game but it doesn’t matter how experienced you are, when you concede a goal so late in the game and give the other team an opportunity, nerves kick in. We saw that at the end.

“The performance won’t be talked about in the changing room. All they’ll be thinking is that they got through to the final. Now they’ve got to go on and win this tournament.”

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Mourinho’s side will take on Eredivisie outfit Ajax in the Europa League final.

Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League.

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