"It would be important for us as a team and allows us to play Champions League next season", he said. "In the first half we were disadvantaged and in the second we were better".
But Lingard believes the way he responded with a goal against Celta Vigo shows that nothing can faze a player who has still only made 66 senior appearances.
The away goal could prove crucial ahead of next week's return fixture at Old Trafford, where the Spanish side face an uphill battle to progress from their first major European semi-final.
"We are not going to Arsenal to say beat us five or 6-0".
With the Jose Mourinho's side outside the Premier League's top four, the Europa League perhaps represents their best chance of earning a place in next season's Champions League. I think we did enough to have the result closed so next week is a big match at Old Trafford. Regarding Rashford, Mourinho said: "He started the game already with a little problem and obviously with the running he was feeling [this]". Hopefully, if we get to the final, he can score again. It overcame a 1-0 loss at home in the round of 32 to Shakhtar Donetsk, and advanced by 2-0 win in the second leg. Celta also defeated Real Madrid away from home in the Copa del Rey, and eventually eliminated Madrid.
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Mourinho hailed Rashford's free-kick and confirmed that the England striker puts in a lot of effort on his dead ball skills. "The players that are in accumulation, they are not going to play next weekend".
Although they are one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, Mourinho said he was willing to rest players for Sunday's Premier League game at Arsenal in preparation for next Thursday's second leg against Celta.
"The players are in accumulation with lots of minutes because we played nine matches in April and now this one, so 10 in four-and-a-half weeks".
Injury-hit United had also only won twice in 22 visits to Spain and knew they were in for a tough battle in Galicia.
"With me, Rashy and Mkhitaryan going forward, I think we exploited the space against Celta Vigo and counter-attacked really well".
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