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Paul Pogba injured in Manchester United's Europa League victory

17 March 2017, 01:28 | Simon Arnold

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United held firm to keep Rostov off the board to win, 1-0, and advance to the next stage of the Europa League, 2-1 on aggregate.

After a goalless first-half in which the Red Devils failed to break the deadlock, Juan Mata scored the opener in the 71st minute when he turned home Zlatan Ibrahimovic's flick from close range.

Paul Pogba was forced to leave the pitch after the Manchester United midfielder picked up an injury against Rostov.

Mourinho insisted the players would be ready for a third game in eight days despite the quick turnaround and fielded a strong line-up, boasting four changes from Monday's Emirates FA Cup defeat at Chelsea.

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

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It nearly arrived on two occasions when, firstly, Mata's intelligent first-time pass released Mkhitaryan in behind the visitors' defence but his lobbed effort dropped agonisingly wide of the post. It's bad for us because all the five teams in front of us in the Premier League nobody has global football so they will playing one game a week like some of them have been since the start of the season.

Rostov weren't without their threat, either, and Sardar Azmoun tested the skills of Romero before coming off to be replaced by Aleksandr Bukharov.

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's breakthrough finally appeared after 70 minutes, however.

United will find out on Friday who they will play in the quarter-finals, with the draw taking place at 12:00 GMT. They have drawn seven times at Old Trafford in the Premier League and the likes of Burnley, Hull, Bournemouth, Stoke and West Ham have all earned a share of the spoils thanks to United's profligacy in front of goal.



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