Mata’s lone goal saved United

An eye-catching goal by Juan Mata secured Manchester United a 1-0 victory over Rostov to qualify them for the quarter finals in the Europa League.

According to Sports Opera, Jose Mourinho’s side were wasteful in front of goal for much of the ma

United Saviour for the day, Mata

tch at Old Trafford and looked to be heading for a goalless stalemate before Mata prodded home 20 minutes from time at the end of a well-worked move from the hosts.

Manchester United suffered the blow of losing Paul Pogba – who enjoyed a strong first half – to a suspected hamstring injury just after the break and their hold on the midfield suffered slightly as a result.

But Mata finished off a fine United move to punish a Rostov error and that goal proved to be enough, though Sergio Romero was forced into a superb late stop to prevent the match going into extra time.

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