Manchester United will take on FC Rostov for the second leg of their 2017 Europa League round of 16 game at Old Trafford this Thursday night, 16th March 2017. Its a massive game for United who are coming into this game on the back of getting knocked out of FA Cup on monday night. United go into the game firm favorites having drawn the first leg in Russia 1-1. A 0-0 draw should get them the quarterfinal berth. Mourinho will have Ibrahimovic and Herrera available for this game but suspended for domestic matches.
Manchester United 0-0 FC Rostov Highlights
[ UEFA Europa League 2017 – Round of 16 – Second Leg ]
45′ [0 – 0] United failed to break down incredibly defensive mind FC Rostov who had 11 men behind the ball for most of first 45 minutes.
United are coming into this game on the back of yet another disappointing 1-1 draw at home in premier league. But United’s overall form in all competitions have been absolute top notch. However FC Rostov present a different challenge with long-haul flight with not much time between games and combine that with a very difficult opponent who defeated Bayern Munich and drew with Atletico Madrid at home. As far as United are concerned any positive result with a good outing as United can tackle the tie back home.
FC Rostov 1-1 Manchester United 1st Leg Result
[ UEFA Europa League 2017 Match ]
35′ 0 – 1 Henrik Mkhitaryan scores a tap in after good work from Faillani and Ibrahimovic inside the box. United lead at the break on what was a very dodgy pitch.
53′ 1 – 1 Aleksandr Bukharov scores just at the start of second half to make things interesting.
Team News & Lineups: United will be without Eric Bailly (Suspended), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (doubtful). Apart from that United have a full squad to choose from and Mourinho is likely to start with Smalling and Rojo at center back positions while Luke Shaw and Valencia to start in full back position.
FC Rostov however are not playing any regular football at the moment and only three competitive games since the start of 2017 represent a team without match sharpness. It can go in their favor and also against them depending on how United lineup and play.
Match Predictions: United are struggling to score goals in the league and thats been much talked about but at the same time they are some how getting results in cup competitions when it really matters. I think United will struggle initially against Rostov and might go a goal down but eventually they will turn it around possibly a score draw which will suite United more than Rostov.