Zlatan Ibrahimovic spared Manchester United's blushes at embattled Blackburn as he fired Jose Mourinho's men into the FA Cup quarter-finals. Fighting on four fronts has left United with a bloated fixture schedule that manager Mourinho this week conceded could well leave his team "in trouble" towards the end of the campaign. A fifth-round replay would have been a punch in the gut for the FA Cup holders so the Portuguese called upon his stars to complete a comeback at Sky Bet Championship strugglers Blackburn, with Ibrahimovic coolly sweeping home fellow substitute Paul Pogba's clipped pass to secure a 2-1 victory.
A roundup of Sunday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights… Barcelona 2-1 Leganes The Blaugrana were just minutes away from another disappointing result but Lionel Messi rescued his side on the brink of time with an opportune penalty kick. The Argentine attacker netted a brace on Sunday, which helped keep Barcelona within a point of league leaders Real Madrid at the top of Spain’s top flight. Messi entered his name on the scoresheet in the fourth minute before Unai Lopez equalized for the visitors in the 71st minute. The loss for Leganes keeps the club just two points above the relegation zone through 23 rounds of play. Real Sociedad 0-1 Villareal Samu Castillejo’s stoppage time winner kept
Arsene Wenger has been battered by many in the wake of Arsenal’s 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the first leg of the sides’ UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie last week. One guy who’s not feeling it? Pep Guardiola. The Manchester City boss says he gets the criticism of player selection, but bristles at the extent and severity of the post-match vitriol being served up to Wenger. Guardiola was asked about making eight changes to his lineup for Man City’s draw against Huddersfield Town, which caused an FA Cup replay. Here’s his answer, from Sky Sports: “My friend, I take the decisions, you analyze my decisions. You have to take a decision before [the game], to the best solution. It was what I did.