Manchester United Football Club takes on FC Rostov in their Europa League round of sixteen match later today, in a game that is already under the microscope. Yesterday, Jose Mourinho met the media ahead of the tie and was left absolutely furious with the state of the playing surface.
It does look an absolute mess, and if our manager is concerned about players potentially getting injured because of it – you can definitely understand his anger. Now, UEFA has responded to our manager’s comments and they’ve confirmed that the match will go ahead as planned, whilst admitting that the pitch isn’t perfect.
‘The playing surface may not be in perfect condition, but has been deemed playable,’ read a statement from UEFA, as per The Metro.
‘The match will go ahead as scheduled.’
It’s an odd situation. At this level, you’d expect all pitches to be in brilliant shape, particularly with the eyes of the world watching on. It definitely poses a new problem for the self-proclaimed Special One, who’ll have to be even more careful when it comes to team selection as he won’t want to risk serious injuries.
With all that in mind, Manchester United should have more than enough quality to go and get a positive result and take a commanding lead in this tie. Their task has certainly been made easier with the news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will lead the line due to the three-game domestic ban he has recently been hit with.