Manchester United Football Club played the first leg of their round of sixteen clash against FC Rostov this evening, with Jose Mourinho’s men taking away a hard fought 1-1 draw. Things started off pretty well for the most part, but as the game wore on, the Russian team began to take over.
If we’re being honest, a draw was probably the least the host deserved as they played pretty well. It goes without saying that the second leg certainly won’t be easy, but you’d expect Manchester United to have the quality to progress.
After the first leg, Jose Mourinho met the media and discussed a variety of topics, including his decision to change the formation into a 5-3-2; in order to mirror our hosts to stop them from playing.
“The game plan was that we know they don’t try to play – they tried to put the ball always to the front, into their strikers. That’s the way they play on this pitch and so the best thing to do was to play three at the back.” Jose Mourinho told reporters after the 1-1 draw.
It seemed to work out at first, but you could tell that the players (particularly in the attacking areas), were just not used to it and it became a hindrance rather than helping us.
At the end of the day, a 1-1 draw really isn’t the worst result in the world, but you’d hope that the self-proclaimed Special One will revert to our now familiar 4-2-3-1 formation at Old Trafford next week.