Europa League - Round of 16 - 2nd Leg
Man Utd1FC Rostov0

Manchester United 1-0 FC Rostov (Agg: 2-1)

Juan Mata
Juan Mata scored with his first shot of the game

Manchester United edged a nervy encounter with Russian minnows FC Rostov at Old Trafford to reach the Europa League quarter-finals with a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Juan Mata got the decisive goal for United when he stabbed in from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's flick, but Rostov threatened to take the game to extra time and Sergio Romero made two good saves late on.

The United goalkeeper first kept out Sardar Azmoun's flicked header before thumping away Christian Noboa's free-kick.

It was a largely frustrating night for United, who dominated for large periods without really threatening and also lost midfielder Paul Pogba to a hamstring injury.

Their best chances before the goal came in the first half, when Henrikh Mkhitaryan shot wide when one-on-one and Ibrahimovic twice hit the post.

United will find out on Friday who they will play in the quarter-finals, with the draw taking place at 12:00 GMT.

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Can United go all the way?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibrahimovic was once again United's main threat throughout the game

The Europa League is the only major trophy that has so far eluded United, but winning the competition is not just about collecting another piece of silverware.

With a guaranteed place in next season's Champions League for the winners, United, who are sixth in the Premier League, would not have to rely solely on finishing in the top four.

Mourinho showed he was in no mood to take any chances by naming a strong side against Rostov, with Ibrahimovic - who is serving a three-match domestic ban - reinstated.

The Swedish striker, absent from Monday's 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea, looked fresh and hungry from the outset, hitting the post from close range early on before cracking another effort against the upright before the break.

Those chances aside, United struggled to find a way through a packed Rostov defence and it looked as though they would have to rely on the goal they scored in Russia to scrape into the quarter-finals.

An inventive bit of skill by Ibrahimovic helped make the breakthrough in the end, but United know they will need to improve if they are to go all the way in the competition, with better sides than Rostov waiting.

Marcos Rojo
Mourinho passed Marcos Rojo a banana in the second half, which the United boss said was an attempt to combat fatigue

Injuries mounting for United

It was a victory that came at a cost for Mourinho as he lost Pogba and Daley Blind to injury.

Midfielder Pogba has come in for criticism recently, but Mourinho clearly sees the £89m midfielder as a crucial part of his side.

The France international was making his 41st appearance of the season for United but has rarely dominated a game, and he was largely a peripheral figure here before pulling up with an apparent hamstring injury early in the second half. He will miss Sunday's Premier League game at Middlesbrough.

Paul Pogba
Pogba has scored seven goals and provided five assists for United this season

Mourinho was then forced into another change, and a reshuffle at the back, when defender Blind went off midway through the half with suspected concussion.

With a congested fixture list caused by United battling for Europa League success and a place in the Premier League top four, Mourinho will hope neither player is out for an extended period.

Man of the match - Marcos Rojo

Manchester United
Marcos Rojo prevented this from becoming an uncomfortable night with a couple of important blocks when Rostov briefly threatened an upset. Another assured defensive display

What they said

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, speaking to BT Sport: "We were afraid of extra time. It was a difficult game.

"We have lots of enemies. Normally the enemies should be Rostov but we have a lot of enemies. It's difficult to play Monday with 10 men, it's difficult to play now, it's difficult to play 12 o'clock on Sunday. We have a lot of enemies.

"A lot of people might say we should have scored more goals. But a lot of things are going against us. The boys are amazing boys. We will probably lose the game on Sunday. Fatigue has a price.

"I will remember forever when I spoke to the Uefa delegate in Rostov. He told me if any of our players gets injured, the insurance paid. Whoever decided the Monday and Sunday games probably thinks the same way."

Red Devils' run continues - the stats

  • Mourinho has won each of his past eight European home games (Chelsea 3, Man Utd 5), his teams scoring 21 goals and conceding just two.
  • In fact, Mourinho has not lost a home game in European competition since a 3-1 semi-final second-leg loss to Atletico Madrid in April 2014 (W10 D2).
  • The Red Devils are now unbeaten in their past 16 European matches at home (inc qualifiers, W13 D3), last losing in March 2013 to Real Madrid.
  • Since the start of 2015-16, Russian clubs have faced English teams eight times in European competition and have not won any of those matches (W0 D3 L5).
  • Man Utd's goal was Mata's 10th of the season, equalling his highest tally from the previous two seasons for the Red Devils (10 goals in each).
  • Ibrahimovic has been directly involved in a goal in each of his four Europa League appearances at Old Trafford this season (4 goals, 2 assists).
  • Ibrahimovic has provided 17 assists in European competition since Aug 2011; only Cristiano Ronaldo (20) has provided more.

What next?

United are next in action when they travel to Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Sunday (12:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 20Romero
  • 3Bailly
  • 12Smalling
  • 5Rojo
  • 25A Valencia
  • 21Herrera
  • 6PogbaSubstituted forFellainiat 48'minutes
  • 17BlindSubstituted forJonesat 64'minutes
  • 8Mata
  • 22Mkhitaryan
  • 9Ibrahimovic

Substitutes

  • 1de Gea
  • 4Jones
  • 14Lingard
  • 16Carrick
  • 18Young
  • 19Rashford
  • 27Fellaini

FC Rostov

  • 77Medvedev
  • 5Terentjev
  • 23Mevlja
  • 44Navas
  • 30Kudryashov
  • 19BayramyanSubstituted forKireevat 81'minutes
  • 89Erokhin
  • 28PrepelitaSubstituted forDevicat 79'minutes
  • 16Noboa
  • 20AzmounSubstituted forBukharovat 62'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 7Poloz

Substitutes

  • 8Kireev
  • 11Bukharov
  • 33Devic
  • 97Goshev
Referee:
Gediminas Mazeika

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamFC Rostov
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 1, FC Rostov 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, FC Rostov 0.

Corner, FC Rostov. Conceded by Sergio Romero.

Attempt saved. Christian Noboa (FC Rostov) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Phil Jones (Manchester United).

Aleksandr Erokhin (FC Rostov) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Antonio Valencia.

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aleksandr Erokhin (FC Rostov).

Eric Bailly (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marko Devic (FC Rostov).

Booking

Aleksandr Bukharov (FC Rostov) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandr Bukharov (FC Rostov).

Offside, Manchester United. Marcos Rojo tries a through ball, but Juan Mata is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Rostov. Igor Kireev replaces Khoren Bayramyan.

Delay in match Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) because of an injury.

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandr Bukharov (FC Rostov).

Substitution

Substitution, FC Rostov. Marko Devic replaces Andrei Prepelita.

Corner, FC Rostov. Conceded by Sergio Romero.

Attempt saved. Aleksandr Bukharov (FC Rostov) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Noboa.

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrei Prepelita (FC Rostov).

Offside, Manchester United. Ander Herrera tries a through ball, but Juan Mata is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 1, FC Rostov 0. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Henrikh Mkhitaryan with a cross following a fast break.

Foul by Eric Bailly (Manchester United).

Aleksandr Bukharov (FC Rostov) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Dmitriy Poloz (FC Rostov) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandr Bukharov.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Phil Jones replaces Daley Blind because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Rostov. Aleksandr Bukharov replaces Sardar Azmoun.

Delay in match Daley Blind (Manchester United) because of an injury.

Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United).

Miha Mevlja (FC Rostov) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Antonio Valencia with a cross.

Attempt saved. Christian Noboa (FC Rostov) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, FC Rostov. Conceded by Sergio Romero.

goal

As It Stood

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B

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G

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K

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L

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