Manchester United made it tough for themselves in a match they dominated from the word go, but in the end 1 goal was all they needed to defeat FC Rostov and book their place in the last eight of the Europa league. Manchester United enjoyed most of the ball in the first half and created a lot of chances, but couldn’t capitalize. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was denied twice by the goal post, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s finish was not upto the mark, as he saw his chance go wide of the goal. The first half came to an end with both teams failing to score.
Manchester United began the second half just like they finished the first. Then catastrophe hit Manchester United as Paul Pogba pulled up (Hamstring), adding to the growing injury list. The loss of Pogba definitely showed in Manchester United’s performance as they struggled to keep the ball, and create chances. Fc Rostov were starting to get into the game, but in the 70th minute they lost the ball in the midfield, and United for the first time on the night took their chance and scored. A low driven ball by Henrikh Mkhitaryan deflected by Ibrahimovic and then clinically finished by Juan Mata. The Spaniard was at the right place at the right time.
Manchester United’s busy run of fixtures seemed to have taken a toll on them as they looked sloppy in the final moments of the game. Bananas were being passed to Marcos Rojo who clearly needed some carbs to finish the game. All of these antics payed off as they saw the match through, and booked their place in the last eight.
Jose Mourinho confirmed that Paul Pogba won’t be available for the match against Middlesbrough on Sunday.
Manchester United now face Anderlecht in the quarter finals of the Europa league. The first leg will be played on 13th April at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium and the second leg on the 20th of April, at Old Trafford.