Manchester United’s Scott McTominay managed a last-gasp strike to spare his team’s blushes as they claimed a 1-0 victory at home to Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League on Thursday.
Arsenal also earned a 1-0 win at Bodo/Glimt with a Bukayo Saka goal to make it three Europa League victories in a row as they took another step towards securing top spot in Group A.
United had 34 shots and dominated possession in the Group E encounter but only just managed to snatch the points.
In the other game in their group, Real Sociedad became the second La Liga side to secure a top-two spot as goals from Alexander Sorloth, Diego Rico and substitute Roberto Navarro secured a 3-0 home win against Sheriff.
Real Betis, Fenerbahce, Rennes and Freiburg all secured top-two finishes, which guarantee at least a place in the knockout round playoffs, earlier on Thursday.
United put Omonoia under pressure from the start but were frustrated and went into the break with the score at 0-0.
They continued to waste chances in the second half with boos ringing around Old Trafford until a crescendo of relief when substitute McTominay scored three minutes into stoppage time.
Arsenal got their winner in the 24th minute when Saka’s deflected shot inside the box caught Glimt goalkeeper Nikita Khaikin off guard and bounced inside the lower left post.
PSV Eindhoven kept up the pressure on the Gunners with a 5-0 thrashing of visitors FC Zurich which took them to seven points behind Arsenal on nine. The Swiss side are bottom with no points and out of contention for the next phase of the competition.
In Group C, Betis drew 1-1 with AS Roma.
Former Manchester United footballers Mikael Silvestre (left) and Wes Brown during a promotional in Calcutta on Friday. Picture by Santosh Ghosh