An assist of the Asturian to Mkhitaryan meant the 0-1, and made it impossible for the French side after the 3-0 of the first leg. Mata has already assisted 15 times in 40 games of the Europa League. The draw for the last 16 will be held on Friday.
Manchester United qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League. The Red Devils secured the qualification at the Geoffroy-Guichard (0-1). A win in which Mata was decisive. In the 16th minute, Mata’s cross from the left was flicked in by Mkhitaryan to scored the only goal against St-Étienne. The goal, after the 3-0 of the first leg, closed the tie. Soon after, another cross from Mata caused panic in the local defense. After a rebound, Ruffier saved an own goal.
Gol de Mkhitaryan (Man U.) contra el Saint-Etienne (0-1) | Europa League ofrecido por footbie.com
The Spaniard, once more, proved he is a top assistant. Tonight’s assist to Mkhitaryan was the number 15 in 40 games of the Europa League. Mata was replaced by Rojo in the 64 minute. With the tie secured and the EFL Cup final just round the corner, the change made sense.
Juan Mata: Has averaged a goal or an assist every 95.7 mins across his last 13 apps for Manchester United #ASSEMUFC
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) 22 de febrero de 2017
This Sunday ManU will fight against Southampton for the title at Wembley. Juan will return to a stadium of which he has fond memories. Two days before, United will know its rival in the last 16 of the Europa League.