Manchester United bounced back well from their FA Cup defeat to Chelsea by battling past Russian side Rostov in their quarter-final second-leg on Thursday night, securing a 2-1 aggregate win.
After being held to a stalemate in a dull encounter last week, the hosts came out of the blocks fast as Marcos Rojo’s header was pushed over the bar, before Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s effort hit the post.
United struggled to break down a stubborn and extremely well-disciplined Rostov, who played with 11 men behind the ball, and frustrations grew when the Swede’s effort hammered off the upright again.
Rostov forced Sergio Romero into two smart stops as they began to push for an unlikely winner, but Juan Mata’s tap-in after a rare flowing move in attack ensured United avoided an upset on the night.
Jose Mourinho’s side will now take their place in Friday’s quarter-final draw, where they could face the likes of Lyon, Ajax and Celta Vigo as the Reds vie for their first ever Europa League success.
Read on to see how Jose Mourinho’s side rated on a successful Europa League night at Old Trafford.
Sergio Romero – Wouldn’t have expected a busy night and at times in the first-half the Argentinian may as well not have been on pitch. Was forced into making two very strong diving saves to his right to deny Rostov a crucial away goal, however, before a sensational stop with the last kick of the game. Prepared. 7.