Man United into Europa League quarter-final

Man United into Europa League quarter-final

Juan Mata's lone goal at Old Trafford helped Manchester United defeat FC Rostov to qualify for the Europa League quarter-final.

Jose Mourinho's side came into the second leg having drawn 1 - 1 in Russia but their wastefullness infront of goal almost proved to be their downfall.

Man United into Europa League quarter-final

Juan Mata celebrates his goal that puts United into the Europa League last eight

Mata prodded home 20 minutes from time at the end of a well-worked move from the hosts to send the Red Devils through.

United were dominant throughout, playing with a back three and lots of attackers as with Rostov offering little attacking threat and generally relying on defensive stubbornness and good fortune.

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As early as the fifth minute, Marcos Rojo saw a headed effort come close and that continued as the post come to their rescue twice in the first half to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic at bay.

Man United into Europa League quarter-final

Fellaini in action against FC Rostov

Midfielder Paul Pogba who celebrated his 24th birthday a day before was taken off injured due to a to a suspected hamstring injury just after the break.

However Mata finished off a fine United move to punish a Rostov error and that goal proved to be enough, though Sergio Romero was forced into a superb late stop to prevent the match going into extra time.

In other fixtures Lyon overcame AS Roma to make the last eight while Borussia Mochengladbach were knocked out of the competition by Schalke who recorded a 3 - 3 aggregate victory die to away goals.

Source: Sports.naij.com

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