Everyone was left baffled by Rostov's bench against Man Utd
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 17, 2017,
Mar 17, 2017, 0:57
The first leg match ended in a 1-1 draw as Aleksandr Bukharov levelled the score line after Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave United the lead and the all important away goal advantage.
José Mourinho gave reporters the latest team news ahead of his side's Europa League Round of 16 crunch clash tonight against Russian side FC Rostov in his press conference on Wednesday morning.
The Reds have been battling on four fronts for much of the season and despite the disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Cup by his old club, Mourinho can take some solace from the fact he now has just two competitions to focus on. If Rostov progress they will have until April 13 or 20 before the Europa League quarterfinal home leg.
United's positive attacking intent continued as Ibrahimovic had a free-kick well blocked by Andrei Prepelita before seeing a shot touched over by Medvedev after rounding the keeper when released by a delightful forward pass from Mata.
The game will also be shown on BT Sport 2 and on the BT Sport app via our acclaimed enhanced video player. A winning team needs balance and while Griezmann will solve one issue for United, it'll raise another issue for them.
Not only had the pitch been unused for several weeks during the winter break for the Russian Premier League, but it was frozen and covered in sand. Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney were not fit enough to make the squad, Pogba hobbled down the tunnel early in the second half with what looked like a hamstring problem, and Daley Blind's blow to the head saw Phil Jones introduced as a makeshift left wing-back.
"It's really important we make the quarter-finals in this very hard competition".
Manchester United have had 63.7% possession in their home Europa League games this season, the best rate of any side who entered at the group stage. Firstly, because he extolled Pogba's virtues to anyone who would listen in the wake of that FA Cup defeat. By comparison, there is a good chance that this trophy alone will see United end the season with more silverware than a number of their rivals and they improved on their League Cup performance from last season where they exited the competition in the fourth round.
While at Old Trafford with a full strength squad, the Red Devils were never going to be in much danger considering the visitors were only able to name four substitutes on their bench.