Since Saturday’s 1-1 draw with AFC Bournemouth, everyone has been discussing the heated incidents between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings. The Red Devils man has since been handed a three-game suspension, meaning he’ll miss some key fixtures – namely the FA Cup trip to Stamford Bridge.
Now attentions have turned to the upcoming game against FC Rostov in the Europa League, in a game which Manchester United will be hoping to get off to a good start and bring home a victory. Our task could well have been made slightly easier with the news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start in Russia tomorrow.
Jose has confirmed the news in his pre-match press conference, and presumably, he’s been given the nod purely because he’ll be unavailable for our next trio of domestic matches.
Speaking about the three-game ban handed to Zlatan, Jose responded:
“No reaction,” The Mirror quotes the manager as saying.
“He plays tomorrow. I don’t comment about the domestic decision.”
Well, this is a move that definitely makes sense. The 35-year-old will get the chance to rest up in between both of the two legs of the FC Rostov tie, so starting him here seems like the obvious option.
The only concern I’d have is the state of the pitch. It’s been well documented that it isn’t in the best condition, and risking one of our star names could well come back to haunt us.
Hopefully, we can go out there and put in a real commanding display and get a win, it’ll certainly ease the pressure going into the return leg – although it won’t be easy as Rostov will provide a stern test.