Rooney and Martial out of Man Utd squad for Rostov clash

Mar 17, 2017, 00:56
Rooney and Martial out of Man Utd squad for Rostov clash

In the first leg, United took the lead through Henrikh Mkhitaryan's goal - the third game in a row he has netted in the Europa League, leaving him behind only Ruud van Nistelrooy (nine goals in a row in 2002-03).

They continue their Europa League odyssey despite a wholly forgettable showing against Rostov, with plenty of nerves on display until Juan Mata tapped home with 20 minutes to go to consolidate United's away-goal advantage from the 1-1 first-leg draw a week ago.

The Reds have been battling on four fronts for much of the season and despite the disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Cup by his old club, Mourinho can take some solace from the fact he now has just two competitions to focus on.

The 24-year-old returned to Old Trafford in August to an enormous fanfare and huge cost, with Juventus potentially receiving €110million for the midfielder.

Mkhitaryan had one of United's best chances in front of goal when a neat interchange between Ibrahimovic and Mata saw the Spaniard pick out his Armenian team-mate one on one with Medvedev.

If Manchester United do sign Griezmann, he will resolve the goalscoring problems for United.

When asked about the availability of captain Wayne Rooney, Jose Mourinho confirmed that "he got a kick in his knee area" amid reports that he came out worse in a 50/50 challenge with team-mate Phil Jones in training, which resulted in him missing the defeat at Chelsea at the start of the week.

"He was injured for the Chelsea match, he couldn't be selected for the Chelsea match", Mourinho said.

The hosts were dealt a blow in the second half, as Paul Pogba was forced off with an injury.

Mata turned home from close range in the second half after a clever Zlatan Ibrahimovic flick to keep Jose Mourinho's side on track for the final in Sweden in May.

Not only had the pitch been unused for several weeks during the winter break for the Russian Premier League, but it was frozen and covered in sand.

The Red Devils won the FA Cup last season.

"The fans will give us this extra energy so we believe that tomorrow we can cope with the situation and fight to be in the quarter-final". It is a good chance to play Champions League next season and we will try until the end. Manchester United's presence back in the competition would help establish them as a big European force once again, and to do that, they simply must win the Europa League.

Rostov have lost only three of their last 14 games in European competition (including qualifiers W4 D7).

Winning the Europa League carries the prize of Champions League football, which United is also chasing via the English Premier League.

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