Manchester United is through to Europa League quarter finals following a 2-1 aggregate victory over Russian side Rostov last night at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho’s men came into the match with an away goal advantage over Russia but it took a long time before the red devils broke the deadlock at home. It was a sigh of relief later in the second half to the hosts as Juan Mata finally got the decisive goal for United by tapping in from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s back heel.
Sergio Romero played an important role in between the sticks of Manchester bigwigs as he produced two key saves to keep United in play. The Argentine goalkeeper first kept out Sardar Azmoun’s flicked header before thumping away Christian Noboa’s free-kick.
Manchester United dominated nearly the entire game but they were frustrated by lack of goals as the visitors kept on knocking for the equalizer. In the process, things turned sour for Mourinho’s men as their key midfielder Paul Pogba limped off to a hamstring injury.
The French midfielder has faced criticism from various retired footballers for what they term underperforming. Despite the judgments, he was an instrumental figure in last night’s campaign for Europa League quarter finals before limping off due to the injury.
Europa League remains the only major trophy that United has to content on. The side was knocked out from the FA Cup in the quarter final stage by Chelsea and currently settles for a 6th position on the Premier League log.
The English giants however stand an automatic entry into the UEFA Champions League next season should they win the Europa League.
Jose Mourinho had his say on the advancement of his side citing his worries of extra time that looked probable. The Portuguese manager also noted that his club faces a lot of enemies in the game.
“We were afraid of extra time. It was a difficult game. We have lots of enemies. Normally the enemies should be Rostov but we have a lot of enemies. It’s difficult to play Monday with 10 men, it’s difficult to play now, it’s difficult to play 12 o’clock on Sunday. We have a lot of enemies”, Mourinho said.
Manchester United will travel to Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon for their Premier League encounter. United will be looking for ways to redeem themselves following a string of mixture results in the campaign