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Mourinho Fears Rostov Breakaways, Slams Pitch For Europa Tie

Mourinho Fears Rostov Breakaways, Slams Pitch For Europa Tie

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the club will have to be wary of FC Rostov counter-attack in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg clash in Russia.

United will hope to continue their impressive run in Europe’s second-tier competition when they take on Rostov.

“They defend with 10 players and are very dangerous on the counter-attack,” Mourinho said in Wednesday’s press conference.

“Their attacking players are good.”

Mourinho revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play against Rostov despite his three-match suspension by the English FA for violent conduct.

“No reaction, he plays tomorrow. I don’t comment about the domestic decision,” he added.

The Portuguese manager went on to slam the state of the pitch for Thursday’s game.

“It is hard for me to believe that we are going to play on that field, if you can call it a field,” Mourinho complained.

“And I don’t know what team to play, really. I don’t know if Henrikh Mkhitaryan is going to play. I don’t know. I have now a lot to think because I was expecting something more playable. In a very similar pitch in the summer in China we decided not to play but it looks like we have to play.

“I don’t know [what United can do], I really don’t know. I was analysing this very good opponents that we didn’t speak about yet, and in their previous matches against Bayern, Ajax, Atletico Madrid, in all these matches it looked for me a very playable pitch. I was very surprised with what I found here today.

“I told one gentleman from UEFA of my concerns. He just told me the players are insured, so what happens to them is no problem.”

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