Full-time: Manchester United 1-0 FC Rostov (2-1 on aggregate)

  • Manchester United reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League following a fully deserved if slender win over resilient Russians at Old Trafford
  • Juan Mata breaks the deadlock 20 minutes from time after a swift counter-attack involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  • Sergio Romero makes an excellent save to deny Christian Noboa and prevent extra-time with the very last kick of the game
  • Paul Pogba (hamstring) and Daley Blind (head) both substituted after suffering second-half injuries
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic twice strikes the post during a goalless first 45 minutes dominated by the hosts
  • Besiktas, Celta Vigo, Genk, Schalke, Lyon, Ajax and Anderlecht are United's potential next opponents, with the draw set to take place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland at midday GMT on Friday
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That just about does it for this live blog, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK to read the post-match thoughts of one Jose Mourinho. I'm sure he'll provide an update on the fitness of Pogba.

Goodbye for now.


No rest for United amid this busy period of fixture congestion. They are at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday for a Premier League meeting against newly-managerless Middlesbrough.

With their first foray into the knockout stages of a European competition now over, Rostov, currently eighth in the Russian Premier League, travel to struggling Krylia Sovetov.



So United will face one of Besiktas, Celta Vigo, Genk, Schalke, Lyon, Ajax or Anderlecht next. The quarter-final draw takes place at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland at midday GMT on Friday.

You can follow that, and the Champions League draw at 11, live on IBTimes UK.



Job done for United, who continue their excellent home form and will now be considered as strong favourites to win Europe's secondary club competition for the very first time.

It wasn't especially pretty and there are obvious teething problems with regards to this new three-man defensive system. Supporters will be praying that Pogba's injury is not too serious.


Manchester United are through to the Europa League quarter-finals



Manchester United 1-0 FC Rostov (2-1 on aggregate)


What a save!

Romero leaps to his left to meet a beauty of a free-kick from Noboa. Heart-stopping drama right at the death.

There is no time left for the corner. Rashford, who has been patiently waiting on the sideline, will not get on.

Christian Noboa


One final chance for Rostov to extend their stay in the Europa League by at least an extra 30 minutes after a harsh call on Jones...


The ultra-fit Valencia has charged up and down that right flank all evening for United. His latest raid ends in a pull back for Ibrahimovic, whose driven shot is blocked and hastily cleared.


Four minutes of added time for Rostov to find the goal that would send this tie into extra-time.


Bailly flies into a strong challenge and then somehow wins a free-kick despite appearing to flatten Devic.


Fellaini shows more good feet and is promptly cut down by Bukharov. Yellow card for the Rostov substitute.

Marouane Fellaini


Jones, playing in an unfamiliar position at left wing-back, makes an uncharacteristic burst down the flank before running the ball out of play.

Mata has just been clipped around the back of the head by compatriot Navas and looks none too happy about it.


The United fans roar with unexpected delight after Fellaini takes the ball on his chest and nonchalantly lifts it over the Rostov defender.

Fine skill from the big man.


Rostov replace Prepelita and Bayramyan with Marko Devic and Kireev.

Mkhitaryan is the latest United player to require medical attention after a hefty collision in midfield.


Medvedev reacts well to snuff out the danger posed by a Mkhitaryan chip.

At the other end, Romero makes an impressive fingertip save to push Bukharov's header wide. I thought extra-time might beckon for a moment there.


Jones has needed an inhaler in the last few minutes and Rojo, perhaps a little low on energy, wolfs down a banana on the pitch.

You don't see that every day...


United, despite struggling to create much by way of clear-cut chances in this second half, finally take the lead.

Mata begins a swift counter-attack in the middle of the park and Ibrahimovic feeds the ball wide to Mkhitaryan.

The Swede then backheels to the back post, where Mata is on hand to finish from close range.

Lucky they didn't take him off really.

Juan Mata


Goal: Manchester United 1-0 FC Rostov (Juan Mata)


Looks like Mourinho has changed his mind with regards to that third and final change. Rashford was set to replace Mata, but now it looks like Young is going to come on instead.


Bailly makes an excellent block to divert Poloz's shot away from goal. Mourinho is currently deep in conversation with Rashford, who looks set to enter the fray soon.


A groggy Blind, who seemed to be caught with an elbow a few minutes ago, is attended to on the sidelines.

He will play no further part. Jones comes on instead.

Daley Blind