Manchester United Travel to Rostov for Europa League Clash

Manchester United Travel to Rostov for Europa League Clash

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was on target as Manchester United drew 1-1 with FC Rostov in the first leg of their Europa League Last 16 tie.

However, the home side leveled matters in the 53rd minute as Bukharov did well to control Kalachev's long ball, before volleying past Romero.

United, came out on top at Old Trafford, winning 1-0, after being held to a 1-1 draw in Moscow.

Mourinho takes his side to Russian Federation for the first leg of the last-16 tie on Thursday, before returning to the United Kingdom for an FA Cup quarterfinal with Premier League leader Chelsea on Monday. "The midfield fought for the second goal and tried to give something in attack".

That quarter-final contest takes place at 7:45pm GMT this Monday at Stamford Bridge, with Mourinho hoping to overcome his old side and potentially make up for the league loss at the same venue back in October.

Mourinho's frustration at being pegged back by Rostov - a side that have beaten Bayern Munich and Ajax at home this season - will likely be tempered by the relief of seemingly avoiding injuries on this pitch.

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Tempers began to flare as Mkhitaryan and Alexandru Gatcan received bookings for separate incidents, with the latter now ruled out of next week's second leg.

United, though, looked the more professional of the two teams as they had lots of possession in the game - despite not creating many chances. "A real fight. To see my players doing this and coping with this and having the humility to fight for every ball and fight for a good result is a good feeling for me".

Manchester United sits sixth in the league table, three points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, which now holds the last Champions League qualification position.

Marcos Rojo smartly stopped substitute Sardar Azmoun breaking and in stoppage time United could have snatched a victor, with Fellaini's header across goal just evading Anthony Martial.

"By age, by physicality, by intensity, aggressive going forward, [Shaw] should be the best (left-back at the club)".

Jose Mourinho and his men will be really confident ahead of this match given that Rostov have never faced an English team before, but the bigger concern prior to this match was the condition of the pitch.