Manchester United x FC Rostov- Europa League Preview

  • Manchester United x FC Rostov- Europa League Preview

Manchester United x FC Rostov- Europa League Preview

Before Thursday's Europa League meeting with Rostov, Mourinho wrote in his programme notes in glowing terms about the loss against his old club.

The Football Association has charged United for failing to control their players after Ander Herrera's first-half sending off, which threw Mourinho's men off kilter on a night when N'Golo Kante gave his former side a deserved 1-0 win.

The game, in all honesty, was pretty dire for any neutral viewers, but it was jazzed up a little bit at the sight of Marcus Rojo tucking into a banana that had been specifically delivered to him on the pitch.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic started up top as his three-match ban does not apply to European matches.

United are unbeaten in their last 15 European matches played at home (including qualifiers, W12 D3).

A surprisingly hard second half for the Red Devils became even more uncomfortable when Paul Pogba went off with a hamstring injury on 48 minutes.

After their early chance, United may well have been expecting to romp to victory, though Rostov's massed defensive ranks ensured a frustrating encounter.

And they will surely have been given extra encouragement by the state of their opponents' substitutes bench for the return leg at Old Trafford.

That left José Mourinho's side knowing a goalless draw, or a win by any scoreline, would see them progress to the quarter-finals.

If Manchester United do sign Griezmann, he will resolve the goalscoring problems for United.

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 will also be without Anthony Martial. It's why they sacked Louis Van Gaal despite winning the FA Cup and brought in Jose Mourinho, a man who has won at every club he has managed and why they brought Ibrahimovic in. However, he managed to find his way back to Old Trafford, unlike numerous others who have left.

Rostov have previously held PSV Eindhoven to successive draws and defeated Bayern Munich in this season's Champions League, while also convincingly seeing off Ajax in the preliminary round, but most of their success has come on home soil.

Mourinho insisted the players would be ready for a third game in eight days despite the quick turnaround and fielded a strong line-up, boasting four changes from Monday's Emirates FA Cup defeat at Chelsea.