Manchester United limped into the Europa League quarterfinals with a slim 1-0 victory against struggling Russian side, FC Rostov in a match played at Old Trafford yesterday.
Man U proved the better side 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
In other matches played in the tournament, Besiktas drubbed Olympiakos 4-1, making it 5-2 on aggregate.
FK Krasnodar lost to Celta Vigo 0-2 to make it 1-4 on aggregate, while KRC Gent drew with KAA Gent 1-1 but made it 6-3 on aggregate.
Ajax outplayed FC Copenhagen 2-0, with a 3-2 aggregate. B Gladbach drew 2-2 with Shalke, which won on away goals.
Roma beat Leon 2-1 but Leon goes away with 5-4 victory in aggregate, while Anderlecht beat Apoel Nic 1-0, earning it 2-0 victory on aggregate.