Manchester United’s final game in the Europa League group stage is supposed to take place tomorrow, with Jose Mourinho’s side in Ukraine to take on Zorya Luhansk. A win here secures safe passage through to the knockout round, but the game has been thrown into some doubt…
That’s according to verified Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards, who posted on Twitter that there is a risk that the game may be called off due to the freezing temperatures out in Odessa at the moment.
Risk of #mufc game being called off tomorrow night. Temperatures set to fall to minus 9 over night and the pitch is already hard and icy
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) December 7, 2016
It also seems that the Manchester United players weren’t all that impressed with the situation, as you can see from the video below:
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) December 7, 2016
At the end of the day, it really isn’t great planning on UEFA’s part. Surely they know how bad the weather conditions can get at around this time of year. Why not play the away leg in early September, and the home leg at Old Trafford in December… Now i know it’s not as easy as that, but it definitely makes more sense to me anyway…
If the players are put at risk due to the conditions, then the game simply has to be postponed. Just look at that video above, professional players shouldn’t be putting their careers on the line under any circumstances.
Now we’ll have to wait to see what the officials say when the pitch inspection takes place tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM local time (8:00 GMT).