Date: 9th December 2016 at 10:35am
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Manchester United reached the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday, but Southampton crashed out of the competition at St Mary’s Stadium.

Claude Puel’s side needed either a scoreless draw or a win over Israeli champions Hapoel Be’er Sheva to secure a place in the knockout stages and, for 78 minutes, it looked like the Saints would get the job done.

However, Maor Buzaglo netted with Hapoel’s one and only shot on target 12 minutes from time and, although Virgil van Dijk gave the hosts hope with an equaliser a minute into added time, it wasn’t to be for Puel’s men.

They finish their campaign with eight points from six games, which would have been enough for qualification in five other groups, and having conceded just four goals – only Schalke conceded less in the group stages.

Nonetheless, they won’t be joining Jose Mourinho’s United in Monday’s draw after the Red Devils secured second place in Group A courtesy of a 2-0 victory in Zorya.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted his first goal for the club three minutes into the second half, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his seventh goal in his last six matches to seal the win late on.

Victory for Fenerbahce away at Feyenoord means that they beat United to top spot, but Mourinho will be happy that his side negotiated a tricky group to make it to the last 32.

Unsurprisingly, yesterday’s game got many talking on Twitter, and United fans were satisfied with the result…

While many admired Mkhitaryan’s excellence after the Armenian captain netted his first United goal and produced yet another man-of-the-match display…

But it was a night to forget for Southampton fans, who were hugely disappointed with their side’s effort at St Mary’s yesterday, and some questioned the tactics implemented by manager Puel…

And some even feel that time is up for Puel after an indifferent run of form…

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