Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

FC Rostov pitch closed by Russian Premier League after Mourinho criticism

FC Rostov pitch closed by Russian Premier League after Mourinho criticism

Premier League draw against 10-men Bournemouth, draw in Russian Federation in the first leg of the Europa League and defeat against Chelsea where they were completely powerless and Mourinho has only David de Gea to thank that Conte didn't humiliate him again.

Jose Mourinho's side drew the first leg in Russian Federation 1-1, and while Henrikh Mkhitaryan's away goal means United have control of the tie, Bailly is fully aware of the challenge that awaits them on Thursday.

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.

Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are again sidelined, with Mourinho confirming top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, now serving a domestic three-match ban, will be the only change to the squad that lost Monday's ill-tempered FA Cup clash at Chelsea.

United felt they should've had a penalty after 27 minutes when Medvedev seemed to shove Henrikh Mkhitaryan after the Armenian midfielder went to head the ball inside the area, yet the referee was unmoved as United's players and fans protested. With Ander Herrera also due to miss the game through suspension, a new look United midfield is quite the possibility.

The match will take place at the Old Trafford.

Pogba is unlikely to wilt in the face of scrutiny that will again be rife when United line-up against Rostov on Thursday.

"If you are injured for the Monday night game, it's because you are injured for the Tuesday morning training session and if you are injured for the Tuesday morning training session it's not because of (what he does) today that you can be able to play on Thursday". Mkhitaryan had the first shot of the match, shooting low and wide of Thiabout Courtois' net.

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"I think every single player of both teams will benefit from using a picture of the higher quality", Daniliants said of playing on the plush grass of Old Trafford.

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is keen make amends this term for losing in the Europa League semi-finals with Villarreal last season.

A week that started with an ill-tempered FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea - and unnecessarily arduous journey home from London - continued with what was expected to be a straightforward home clash against the unfancied Russians.

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