Europa League Report: Manchester United v FC Rostov 16 March 2017

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Rostov were on the back foot from the outset but were beginning to give United the jitters before Mata ended a move he started, securing a 1-0 second-leg win that sees Mourinho's men through the last-16 tie 2-1 on aggregate.

Anthony Martial will not be available for Manchester United's Europa League clash with FC Rostov, despite training on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old returned to Old Trafford in August to an enormous fanfare and huge cost, with Juventus potentially receiving €110million for the midfielder.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available for the second leg against Rostov, with United having drawn 1-1 in Russian Federation.

Whether ironically, or a coincidence, but it was Chelsea that left Manchester United with nothing this season twice.

Jose Mourinho hopes Manchester United's players will shrug off the effects of the stormy FA Cup loss to Chelsea when they resume Europa League hostilities with a depleted Rostov on Thursday.

The pitch was dry and bobbly, and after the match Mourinho said the conditions made it "impossible to play a passing game".

United were forced into an early change just three minutes after the restart as Pogba came off with an injury and was replaced by Marouane Fellaini. The team absolutely did not play the game, and despite not a slight advantage in statistics, the final score was equal. Manchester United's presence back in the competition would help establish them as a big European force once again, and to do that, they simply must win the Europa League.

If Rostov progress, they will be the fourth Russian side to reach the quarter final stage of the Europa League since 2010/11 (Spartak Moscow 2010/11, Rubin Kazan 2012/13 and Zenit St Petersburg 2014/15). First-choice goalkeeper Soslan Dzhanaev could be fit to return after missing last week's game with an injury.

United create enough chances this season and Mourinho for the most part this season has set United up in a way that allows them to attack more than one would usually regard a Mourinho team to play but the goals aren't coming.

This will be Rostov's first game on English soil - Russian teams have won just two of their last 26 away games in England in European competition (D7 L17). Jose praised the work-ethic of his players and the incredible travelling fans, who were the only ones that could be heard singing and chanting throughout the match.

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