They didn't do it the easy way but they did it nevertheless. Manchester United are in the final of this season's Europa League and just one game away from a place in the 2017/18 Champions League.
The Red Devils headed into last night's semi-final second-leg with a 1-0 lead under their belt from the first-leg in Spain last week and when Marouane Fellaini scored in the 17th minute it looked to be all over for the visitors. That wasn't the end of the story however and when Roncaglia found the net in the 85th minute there were certainly a few nervous faces amongst the home support.
A mass-brawl towards the end saw the dismissal of Eric Bailly and Roncaglia, however it did little to mar what was at best an adequate United performance and Jose Mourinho's men will now go head-to-head with Dutch side Ajax in the Europa League final.
With that in mind, Mourinho's admission that he will be resting key players between now and the final itself underlines his statement that this competition is foremost in his mind at the moment. Indeed with the Red Devils looking rather shaky in their Premier League top-four ambitions, this tournament is the only realistic route into the 2017/18 Champions League and this certainly won't have been lost on the United boss.
in the other semi-final, Ajax survived a scare to overcome Lyon 5-4 on aggregate and we can certainly expect a closely-fought affair in the Stockholm final. Manchester United are 1/2 to lift the Europa League trophy but a healthier 10/11 to do it in ninety minutes while Ajax are 3/1 to win in normal time with a draw up for grabs at 13/5.