Manchester United took on Rostov at Old Trafford in the second leg of the Europa League, trying to keep their hopes alive for a Champions League spot. Romero replaced David De Gea, while there was a doubt in the beginning of the game whether it was a 3-5-2 or a 5-3-2 system as both Valencia and Blind started. The previous game it was quite understandable to start a system that was defensive considering the pitch conditions back in Russia.
United returned playing after facing Chelsea on Monday, dropping a hint that the team was tired but the main player had fresh legs giving the team more positivity. Absent again, Martial and Rooney may also be kept for the upcoming game on Sunday since there’s no Herrera or Zlatan in the team.
The game started with United looking forward to scoring in a match completely dominated by them with a ball possession 75% – 25% in their favour. Constantly putting pressure on Rostov we barely had a view of what Sergio Romero was doing as United with Mata, Mkhitaryan, and Zlatan combining well without being able to score.
However, in the second half we would see a more interactive game as Rostov pushed forward and probably having Fellaini in the position with Herrera as well, was spot on despite the reason the Belgian came in. United did their job well as one of the best players on the pitch scored for United with an assist from Ibrahimovic who despite not scoring did homework well.
United are through the next round and here are the player ratings for tonight’s game: