Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Juan Mata "happy" with Manchester United victory over Rostov

Juan Mata

Jose Mourinho opted to replace him with Marouane Fellaini instead of Marcus Rashford, but United fans took to Twitter to discuss their star man's discomfort and come up with a theory as to why he's ended up picking up an injury.

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

One by one, United's chief challengers have fallen by the wayside.

Rostov came inches from levelling on the night and on aggregate just eight minutes later.

Premier League draw against 10-men Bournemouth, draw in Russian Federation in the first leg of the Europa League and defeat against Chelsea where they were completely powerless and Mourinho has only David de Gea to thank that Conte didn't humiliate him again. "We have the same players in the last match plus [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic returning for the Europa League".

It's been a wild ride for Rostov in Europe this season.

Of course, perhaps the main motivator for success on Thursday evening should be the prospect of Champions League football.

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However, there isn't much to suggest Rostov will prolong their adventure beyond this week.

Uefa had deemed the pitch playable for the Europa League game, but the Russian Premier League say they have different regulations in place.

Rostov weren't without their threat, either, and Sardar Azmoun tested the skills of Romero before coming off to be replaced by Aleksandr Bukharov. Rostov will miss his creative ability on the right flank. If United were to win every game to the end of the season they could even be within a chance of winning the league, but the reality is their form has been too inconsistent, hence why they've been outside the top four for so long. Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Saint Etienne were all swept aside, so you my be tempted to boost the hosts' odds of [1.29] by using the Asian Handicap.

Elsewhere, Lyon will look to close out victory away to Roma after an eye-catching 4-2 win last week in which Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette scored a pair of superb late goals.

United are unbeaten in their last 15 European matches played at home (including qualifiers, W12 D3).

United were reminded of that fact within minutes of the restart, when Rostov mounted their first risky counter of the game.

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