Man United move into Europa quarters after edging Rostov
Manchester United 1-0 Rostov

Man United move into Europa quarters after edging Rostov

A Juan Mata goal gave Manchester United a 1-0 win over Rostov at Old Trafford to send them into the Europa League quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory on aggregate.

Despite Jose Mourinho's side creating a host of chances, Mata's second-half strike was the only goal of the game, but it proved to be enough to take them into the last eight of the competition -- although the night was slightly soured by the sight of Paul Pogba being forced off with injury after the break.

United went close to opening the scoring after just five minutes when Marcos Rojo's header from a corner forced a saved out of Nikita Medvedev before Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired the rebound against the post.

Ibrahimovic was involved again 11 minutes later when he latched onto the end of a ball over the top from Mata, but after attempting to round Medvedev, his finish from a tight angle was deflected over the bar by the hand of the Rostov keeper.

United kept up the pressure as they fashioned another opportunity on the half-hour mark when Mata again cut open the Rostov defence with a pass, but this time it was Henrikh Mkhitaryan who was unable to take advantage, sending his chipped effort just wide of the target.

The hosts' dominance continued as the half wore on but still they were unable to find a breakthrough, with Ibrahimovic being denied by the woodwork again when he smashed a fine hit back off the post after cutting into the box on 35 minutes.

Pogba did his bit to try and break the deadlock on the stroke of half-time when picking up the ball on the edge of the area from Ibrahimovic and firing at goal, but Medvedev did well to turn the strike wide and frustrate United once again.

United began the second half slowly, with Rostov creating their first real opportunity of the game in the 54th minute when Sardar Azmoun bent an effort towards goal from the edge of the area that Sergio Romero did well to turn around the post.

But just a few minutes later and Mourinho's men were attacking down the other end, with Antonio Valencia swinging a cross into the box that Ibrahimovic could only head over the bar.

And on 70 minutes, United finally managed to find a way through when Ibrahimovic flicked a Mkhitaryan cross into the path of Mata at the far post, who fired into an empty net from just a few yards out.

Rostov could have found an equaliser in the 79th minute if not for Romero, who was on hand once more to save United, this time producing an excellent stop to divert wide Aleksandr Bukharov's close-range header, while he also tipped over Christian Noboa's free kick in the dying seconds.

Betting on EUROPA LEAGUE? Bet365 are offering a 100% deposit bonus, up to £200 - find out more

Related news

Ajax boss Peter Bosz: Manchester United didn't totally outplay us

Ajax boss Peter Bosz: Manchester United didn't totally outplay us

Ajax manager Peter Bosz was left unimpressed by Jose Mourinho's Manchester United in the wake of the Premier League side's 2-0 Europa League final triumph on Wednesday, though he admitted his side were deserved losers on the night.

Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera dedicate Europa League victory to Manchester

Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera dedicate Europa League victory to Manchester

Ander Herrera has admitted it was difficult for the Manchester United players to train in the build up to the Europa League final after the terrorist attack that devastated Manchester on Monday.

Jose Mourinho: 'Probably my most difficult season as manager'

Jose Mourinho: 'Probably my most difficult season as manager'

Jose Mourinho has labelled Manchester United's Europa League triumph as "the most important trophy" of his career, while adding he was happy to call time on a season that was perhaps his most difficult as a manager.

Pogba, Mkhitaryan on target as Man Utd win Europa League vs. Ajax

Pogba, Mkhitaryan on target as Man Utd win Europa League vs. Ajax

Manchester United pulled together in their city's time of darkness, showing no little skill and spirit to overcome Ajax and win the Europa League.

Ajax survive Lyon rally to secure first European final in 21 years

Ajax survive Lyon rally to secure first European final in 21 years

Ajax secured a place in their first European final for 21 years after surviving a huge scare in Lyon.

Man United book Europa League final place after edging Celta Vigo

Man United book Europa League final place after edging Celta Vigo

Manchester United are just one win away from Champions League qualification after booking their place in the Europa League final with a 1-1 draw on the night and 2-1 aggregate victory over Celta Vigo.

Marcus Rashford fires Man United to vital away win against Celta

Marcus Rashford fires Man United to vital away win against Celta

Marcus Rashford's splendid free kick secured Manchester United a hard-fought win at Celta Vigo to edge Jose Mourinho's men closer to the Europa League final.

Ajax beat Lyon 4-1 to close in on Europa League final spot

Ajax beat Lyon 4-1 to close in on Europa League final spot

Bertrand Traore scored twice as Ajax ran out comprehensive 4-1 winners in a pulsating Europa League semifinal first-leg clash against Lyon at Amsterdam Arena.

Manchester United vs. Celta Vigo, Ajax vs. Lyon in Europa League semis

Manchester United vs. Celta Vigo, Ajax vs. Lyon in Europa League semis

Manchester United will play Celta Vigo in the Europa League semifinals, with Ajax playing Lyon in the other tie.

RELATED NEWS

Ajax boss Peter Bosz: Manchester United didn't totally outplay us
Ajax 0 - 2 Man Utd

Ajax boss Peter Bosz: Manchester United didn't totally outplay us

Ajax manager Peter Bosz was left unimpressed by Jose Mourinho's Manchester United in the wake of the Premier League side's 2-0 Europa League final triumph on Wednesday, though he admitted his side were deserved losers on the night.

Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera dedicate Europa League victory to Manchester
Ajax 0 - 2 Man Utd

Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera dedicate Europa League victory to Manchester

Ander Herrera has admitted it was difficult for the Manchester United players to train in the build up to the Europa League final after the terrorist attack that devastated Manchester on Monday.

Jose Mourinho: 'Probably my most difficult season as manager'
Ajax 0 - 2 Man Utd

Jose Mourinho: 'Probably my most difficult season as manager'

Jose Mourinho has labelled Manchester United's Europa League triumph as "the most important trophy" of his career, while adding he was happy to call time on a season that was perhaps his most difficult as a manager.

Pogba, Mkhitaryan on target as Man Utd win Europa League vs. Ajax
Ajax 0 - 2 Man Utd

Pogba, Mkhitaryan on target as Man Utd win Europa League vs. Ajax

Manchester United pulled together in their city's time of darkness, showing no little skill and spirit to overcome Ajax and win the Europa League.

Ajax survive Lyon rally to secure first European final in 21 years
Lyon 3 - 1 (4-5 Agg.) Ajax

Ajax survive Lyon rally to secure first European final in 21 years

Ajax secured a place in their first European final for 21 years after surviving a huge scare in Lyon.

Man United book Europa League final place after edging Celta Vigo
Man United 1 - 1 (2-1 Agg.) Celta Vigo

Man United book Europa League final place after edging Celta Vigo

Manchester United are just one win away from Champions League qualification after booking their place in the Europa League final with a 1-1 draw on the night and 2-1 aggregate victory over Celta Vigo.

Marcus Rashford fires Man United to vital away win against Celta
Celta Vigo 0 - 1 Manchester United

Marcus Rashford fires Man United to vital away win against Celta

Marcus Rashford's splendid free kick secured Manchester United a hard-fought win at Celta Vigo to edge Jose Mourinho's men closer to the Europa League final.

Ajax beat Lyon 4-1 to close in on Europa League final spot
Ajax 4 - 1 Lyon

Ajax beat Lyon 4-1 to close in on Europa League final spot

Bertrand Traore scored twice as Ajax ran out comprehensive 4-1 winners in a pulsating Europa League semifinal first-leg clash against Lyon at Amsterdam Arena.

Manchester United vs. Celta Vigo, Ajax vs. Lyon in Europa League semis
Europa League semis

Manchester United vs. Celta Vigo, Ajax vs. Lyon in Europa League semis

Manchester United will play Celta Vigo in the Europa League semifinals, with Ajax playing Lyon in the other tie.