Manchester United warned Rostov pitch will be 'problem' for Europa League tie

Image: Jose Mourinho and other members of the Man United squad inspecting the pitch in Russian Federation. The pitch appears to be in awful condition ahead of the game. It's a very similar pitch to the one in Beijing [when the game was called off].

Manchester United warned supporters travelling to Rostov for Thursday's Europa League tie not to wear club colours or travel alone while in the Russian city, which will host World Cup matches.

The pitch at Rostov has caused concern to both managers. 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.

The clash will be taking place at the Olimp-2 Stadium, but there have been many concerns over the state of the field with the conditions looking threadbare in terms of the surface.

"I don't know what team to play, really", he said.

"In the quarter-final, you smell the final and then in a certain period of the season I have to analyse my team, the players and the conditions of everyone". But it looks like we have to play.' Uefa have since confirmed there is no chance the match will be called off. I don't know if Henrikh Mkhitaryan is going to play, I don't know.

Today, the Portuguese blasted Uefa and Rostov for preparing a pitch he... "The next game will be in Manchester and, there, I think United will win".

Regarding Rostov's recent Europa game against Sparta Prague, which they won 4-0, Daniliants added: "There were no incidents - and the pitch was actually worse then".

Nonetheless, defender Daley Blind said they could not use the pitch as an excuse. "And all their attacking players are good players". 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. "For sure we would like to play on a better pitch, like Wembley".

  • Julie Sanders