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Manchester United break nine years of Spanish hoodoo with win at Celta Vigo logo 04-05-2017

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.

Rashford goal a career first

2008 - This was @ManUtd's first KO stage win vs a Spanish side since beating Barcelona en route to winning the 2008 Champions League. Omen?

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 4, 2017

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.

King Rashford conquering Europe in Zlatan’s absence

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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6 – Man Utd haven’t won any of their last 6 games against Spanish opponents beyond the group stage of European competition (D1 L5). Phantom.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 4, 2017

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

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