Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his dissatisfaction over the state of FC Rostov’s pitch ahead of their Europa League fixture on Thursday.
The Red Devils will face Rostov in the round of 16 in Europa League as they’ll look to win the tie and progress further. However, Mourinho and the players were left in dismay after finding Olimp-2 stadium’s pitch, which almost add no grass at most areas.
Manchester United have decided to travel on one specific area of the ground which has good grass coverage, as the hosts have decided to train at a different location. The Portuguese tactician revealed that he had a conversation with the UEFA offical.
“I told one gentleman from UEFA of my concerns,” said Mourinho.
“He just told me the players are insured, so what happens to them is no problem.”
Asked about what can Manchester United do after seeing the state of the pitch, Mourinho insisted the game can be postponed as they’re not willing to play in such dire conditions.
“I don’t know [what United can do], I really don’t know,” he said.
“It is hard for me to believe that we are going to play on that field, if you can call it a field.
“And I don’t know what team to play, really. I don’t know if Henrikh Mkhitaryan is going to play. I don’t know.
“I have now a lot to think because I was expecting something more playable.
“In a very similar pitch in the summer in China we decided not to play but it looks like we have to play.”
The Red Devils have a chance to postpone the game by lodging a complaint to UEFA about the state of the pitch before Thursday afternoon. But postponement of the game will only lead to a more tighter schedule for the Premier League giants, which is not ideal for the club at the moment.