A Juan Mata strike sent Manchester United into the quarter-finals of the Europa League as Jose Mourinho’s men laboured to a 1-0 win over FC Rostov.
The home side dominated possession in the first half but could not find the breakthrough they needed to give them an additional cushion following their away goal in the first leg that finished 1-1.
However, Mata slotted home from close range in the 70th minute to seal United's 2-1 aggregate win and progress to the next round.
It was by no means straightforward, though; Sergio Romero had to pull off a brilliant save in the very last second of additional time to deny Christian Noboa from a free-kick.
United also suffered two injuries, losing Paul Pogba early on with what seemed to be a hamstring pull, and Daley Blind in the second half after a knock to the face.
The draw for the last eight will take place on Friday.
Can United win this competition? It seems to be a real possibility – but they’re going to need to convert more of the dozens of crosses they put in, and make more of the ridiculously dominant possession figures.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Juan Mata (Manchester United). Gets the nod for making the difference with a goal that he started and finished in style; his thoughtful play brought some much-needed calm to a United side that could easily have panicked after failing to make the most of their chances and possession.
Manchester United – Romero 8, Valencia 8, Smalling 7, Bailly 7, Marcos Rojo 7, Blind 7, Pogba 4, Herrera 7, Mata 8, Mkhitaryan 8, Ibrahimovic 7. Subs - De Gea, Jones 7, Carrick, Fellaini 7, Young, Lingard, Rashford.
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