Rostov will have to go up against an inspired Manchester United side after their defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday, but unlike their first encounter, the turf will be much better and there will be much less wind.
The second part of the Russian Premier League had only just began. Rostov opened their account with a convincing 6:0 win away at relegation strugglers Tom Tomsk and had battled to a 1:1 draw at their own Olimp Stadium with the mighty Manchester United.
To say that Rostov are in with an outsiter’s chance for going through would be an understatement. They did well to get here and will be without a few injured/suspended regulars for the trip. Also, their next domestic game is in three days, away trip to Krylya Sovetov.
This Europa League and Champions League adventure for the Russians is somewhat similar to when a small English side goes a long distance in the FA Cup. Although it’s been a memorable ride that saw them overcome the likes of Bayern and Atletico Madrid, it has to end some day and tomorrow will most likely be the day.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be back in Mourinho’s side after sitting out the trip to London due to suspension and considering he’ll miss the next two domestic matches against WBA and Middlesbrough, the Swede will want to make his mark and add to his impressive goal tally of 26.
Ander Herrera is another player who will serve a domestic ban, but will be available for tomorrow’s game, while strikers Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney are ruled out.
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