dglobalnews.com Manchester United vs. Rostov: Score and Reaction from 2017 Europa League Match
Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Manchester United vs. Rostov: Score and Reaction from 2017 Europa League Match

Manchester United vs. Rostov: Score and Reaction from 2017 Europa League Match

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.

But as the visitors became more adventurous, United hit them on the break, Ibrahimovic flicking the ball into Mata's path for the midfielder to fire home from close range.

The world's most expensive player bore the brunt of the criticism as United exited the FA Cup at the hands of Chelsea. We won't be playing one match a week like some of them have since the start of the season. Four of those goals have been scored at Old Trafford.

On United's performance against Rostov, Mata added: "It was a matter of finishing our chances again".

And Rostov tested Romero for the first time shortly after - Sardar Azmoun seeing a curling 20-yard effort pushed away by the Argentinian.

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There was also no sign of Wayne Rooney at Wednesday's training session after the striker sustained a knock in a training-ground collision with Phil Jones and missed the trip to Chelsea, with Mourinho confirming that the England captain is still receiving treatment.

United seized control of the game from the very start, and were unfortunate not to take the lead within five minutes.

FC Rostov might have been underdogs for their Europa League second-leg meeting with Manchester United, but this still felt odd. It took a little while in terms of match time, but Ibrahimovic was back to doing Ibrahimovic things in short order.

United continued on the front foot in search of more goals but Rostov nearly snatched a leveller which could have changed the complexion when substitute Aleksandr Bukharov, who scored the equaliser last week, flicked on Fedor Kudryashov's cross but Romero made a stunning reaction save to parry the ball behind.

The Reds will conclude a busy seven days with a trip to the Riverside Stadium on Sunday to face managerless Middlesbrough in the Premier League (kick-off 12:00 GMT).

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