Manchester United 1-0 Rostov

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Paul Pogba put in another patchy performance for Manchester United in their Europa League game against FC Rostov at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

United defender Daley Blind also cam off with an unknown injury.

The hosts' dominance continued as the half wore on but still they were unable to find a breakthrough, with Ibrahimovic being denied by the woodwork again when he smashed a fine hit back off the post after cutting into the box on 35 minutes.

Mata broke the deadlock from close range with what proved to be the victor 20 minutes from time after being set up by Ibrahimovic.

Rostov barely threatened in the opening exchanges but they almost took the lead in the second half when Sardar Azmoun forced a save from United stopper Sergio Romero.

The game was set up nicely after the 1-1 first-leg draw in Russian Federation, with the Red Devils the clear favourites to progress.

We assess the talking points ahead of the return leg.

Marcus Rashford started as striker in United's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, despite suffering from a bout of illness. Rostov most recently drew Terek Grozny 0-0.

The injury to Pogba, who turned 24 on Wednesday, adds to Mourinho's problems in midfield, with Ander Herrera facing a two-game domestic suspension following his dismissal at Chelsea.

The 21-year-old was present as Mourinho's squad prepared for the clash, though he did so away from the main group along with Luke Shaw, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe.

On too many occasions this year United have failed to emerge victorious from home contests they have dominated.

The Reds will conclude a busy seven days with a trip to the Riverside Stadium on Sunday to face managerless Middlesbrough in the Premier League (kick-off 12:00 GMT).

"It's hard to play Monday with 10 men (against Chelsea)".

Mkhitaryan had one of United's best chances in front of goal when a neat interchange between Ibrahimovic and Mata saw the Spaniard pick out his Armenian team-mate one on one with Medvedev.

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