I take a look back and offer my thoughts on the Europa League tie between Manchester United and FC Rostov.
Following a hard fought 1-1 draw at Rostov, United came into this one with the away goal advantage. United came out in the first half and took the game to their opponents attacking from the off. United were never in any real trouble throughout the first half, they could’ve easily scored two or three in the first half. Rostov hung on and frustrated the hosts as they went into the break with the score level at 0-0.
United completely dominated the possession in the first half but smart saves from the Rostov ‘keeper Medvedev kept the game goalless.
United suffered a blow in the second half as the world’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba limped off injured. United didn’t let this deter them however as it was in the second half they found their breakthrough. Mata popped up in the 70th minute to make it 1-0 to United and gave them a 2-1 aggregate lead. Mata was on hand to tap home the goal after Mkhitaryan’s cross was flicked onto the Spaniard by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. With only one goal needed to force extra time, Rostov forced Sergio Romero into action as it took several saves late on from the Argentine to ensure United’s passage into the Europa League 1/4 Finals.
The Europa League is the one trophy in world football Manchester United haven’t won. With the way the Premier League is shaping up, winning this competition may be United’s only hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.