Europa League: Rostov aiming to make history against Manchester United
- Author: Loretta Pittman Mar 17, 2017,
Mar 17, 2017, 0:55
Manchester United booked their place in the quarter-finals of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League after beating Rostov 1-0 in their round-of-16 second-leg meeting on Thursday to complete a 2-1 aggregate victory.
Rostov have previously held PSV Eindhoven to successive draws and defeated Bayern Munich in this season's Champions League, while also convincingly seeing off Ajax in the preliminary round, but most of their success has come on home soil.
However, despite training on Wednesday, fellow striker Anthony Martial will not be available for the tie, which is finely balanced after the two teams drew 1-1 in last week's first leg.
The Frenchman and England captain Wayne Rooney both missed Monday's FA Cup loss at Chelsea through injury and Mourinho confirmed that Martial would still not be considered for selection in the second leg against Rostov at Old Trafford. Mourinho is set on making it back into the Champions League and he will be playing to win and win big tonight. And then we had a third gift. It's difficult to play Monday night, it's difficult to play now, and it's difficult to play Sunday at 12 o'clock.
"But we are professionals, so the next morning we were here to train".
"I am very happy with Paul, the club is very happy with Paul and I think also a good thing is that because of his personality he doesn't give an "S" to what people says".
Mourinho and his team will aim for a win to bounce back from their FA Cup elimination and have been priced by SportyBet at odds of (1.28) to win this tie and qualify to the quarter-finals of the competition they are tagged as favourites.
FC Rostov are not completely ruled out of this match and could still cause an upset when they face off against Manchester United.
United have never lost to a Russian side on home soil in European competition, but three of those four games have ended all square (W1).
"We want to unite and to show a decent performance".
Mourinho said ahead of the game "it's hard for me to believe that we're going to play tomorrow in that field, if you can call it a field". So now we have him, next match we don't and we always think positive: "when somebody isn't, another one is".
Yes - the match will be televised on BT Sport in the UK. A lack of goals has been a major problem for United for a number of years, under Louis Van Gaal the team struggled to create chances due to a safety first possession style of football and with the team creating so little chances, obviously that leads to a lack of goals. Live streaming: Fox Soccer 2 Go.