Manchester United has moved into the quarterfinals of the Europa League with a 1-0 win over FC Rostov in the Europa League Round of 16 second leg tie at Old Trafford.
But as the visitors became more adventurous, United hit them on the break, Ibrahimovic flicking the ball into Mata's path for the midfielder to fire home from close range.
Rostov barely threatened in the opening exchanges but they almost took the lead in the second half when Sardar Azmoun forced a save from United stopper Sergio Romero.
"A lot of people might say we should have scored more goals".
Ibrahimovic was involved again 11 minutes later when he latched onto the end of a ball over the top from Mata, but after attempting to round Medvedev, his finish from a tight angle was deflected over the bar by the hand of the Rostov keeper.
It nearly arrived on two occasions when, firstly, Mata's intelligent first-time pass released Mkhitaryan in behind the visitors' defence but his lobbed effort dropped agonisingly wide of the post. We won't be playing one match a week like some of them have since the start of the season.
The same pattern resumed with the Reds in complete control of proceedings but Rostov nearly took a surprise lead when dangerman Sardar Azmoun struck a fierce effort from the edge of the box which Sergio Romero repelled before the keeper fielded another shot from Miha Mevlja. United made a change themselves after Phil Jones replaced Blind, following an elbow to the head.
United have never lost to a Russian side on home soil in European competition, but three of those four games have ended all square (W1). It took a little while in terms of match time, but Ibrahimovic was back to doing Ibrahimovic things in short order.
United began the second half slowly, with Rostov creating their first real opportunity of the game in the 54th minute when Sardar Azmoun bent an effort towards goal from the edge of the area that Sergio Romero did well to turn around the post. They have drawn seven times at Old Trafford in the Premier League and the likes of Burnley, Hull, Bournemouth, Stoke and West Ham have all earned a share of the spoils thanks to United's profligacy in front of goal.
Subs not used: Goshev (GK).