Jose Mourinho will be concerned about the pitch Manchester United have to play on in Russia
Following the harsh Russian winter, the playing surface at FC Rostov’s Olimp-2 Stadium is causing concern ahead of tomorrow’s (6pm) last-16 first leg.
Although United will still exercise their right as visitors to train on the pitch at 11am today, Rostov have decided not to cause any further damage to the surface and have switched their session this afternoon to their training ground adjacent to the stadium.
A UEFA spokesman said: “In order to protect the pitch from unnecessary damage before Thursday's match, FC Rostov have agreed to not train on the pitch and have moved their training to the training ground just behind the stadium.”
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United had to play on a poor pitch in their final Europa League group game against Zorya Luhansk in Odessa in December.
The game was actually in doubt at one stage with the surface frozen but covers and hot air blowers were brought in by the Ukraine club to ensure it was playable.
Despite Jose Mourinho's concerns, United made light of the conditions and won the game 2-0.
Rostov beat Bayern Munich 3-2 at home in November
Rostov, who are seventh in the Russian Super League, have played only one home match since the end of the three-month Russian winter break – beating Sparta Prague 4-1 last week in the Europa League round of 32.
Rostov manger Ivan Daniliants issued a warning to Mourinho's players yesterday when he said: "The pitch is the same for everyone but it will still be a problem.
“In the final of the League Cup, United played on an ideal lawn – it was like a carpet. When they arrive here, they will be surprised."
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