Manchester United Experience Glories Of Europa League On Rostov's Rock-Hard Pitch
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 09, 2017,
Mar 09, 2017, 12:18
The ideal soccer pitch is a thick and damp carpet of lush, green grass. We heard Mourinho say in his press conference that he doesn't know whether it is possible for Mkhitaryan to play because the conditions are bad.
He said: "I don't know what team to play, really". We went through many passport controls, it was bad, but we got here finally and now we hope that Mkhitaryan will play. With quality across the pitch for United, expect them to be patient before making the most of any lapse in concentration from their host. It's a very similar pitch to the one in Beijing [when the game was called off]. Sometimes it is hard but we have got a squad that is big enough and everyone is always ready to play, so it is just about recovering and trying to prepare for the game in the correct way.
United's head of ticketing and membership, Sam Kelleher, sent a letter to supporters attending the last-16 tie, The Daily Telegraph reported. "I just had a quick contact with one gentleman from UEFA, when I was looking at the pitch". The build-up to United's last away game in Eastern Europe, against Zorya Luhansk in Ukraine in December, was also overshadowed by concerns over the surface. Uefa subsequently released a statement revealing that the home team were set to train just behind the ground in order to "protect the pitch from unnecessary damage".
"The pitch is the same for everyone but it will still be a problem", said Daniliants. But that's not what you have in your mind.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has scored nine more league goals than any other Manchester United player, is in line for a three match domestic ban after his unsavoury catalogue of incidents with Tyrone Mings at the weekend. Rostov is a hard venue and both Bayern Munich and Ajax have lost there already this season. It's not a decision of our club, it's UEFA's decision. "For sure we would like to play on better pitch like Wembley".