Paul Pogba returned from injury to score the winner as Manchester United beat AC Milan 1-0 on Thursday to advance to the Europa League quarterfinals 2-1 on aggregate.
World Cup winner Pogba had been sidelined for over five weeks with a hamstring injury.
But the 28-year-old Frenchman scored four minutes after coming off the bench at the start of the second half in the last 16, second leg clash at the San Siro.
Until his intervention, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side had rarely looked like breaking the deadlock against a well-organised Milan team who also appeared capable of adding to the late away goal that had swung the tie in their favour at Old Trafford.
Rade Krunic, Alexis Saelemaekers and Theo Hernandez all threatened the visitors’ goal before the break.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was summoned from the bench to try to rescue the tie, but United goalkeeper Dean Henderson superbly saved to prevent the Swede from scoring against his former team with a back-post header.
Henderson, who was excellent throughout, also brilliantly turned away an earlier effort from Saelemaekers.
Solskjaer named an unchanged side from the first leg, sticking with the team that beat West Ham at the weekend in the Premier League.
United join fellow English side Arsenal in the draw for the quarter and semi-finals on Friday.