Jose Mourinho has every right to be furious with the state of the pitch in Rostov.
It’s becoming more and more evident that the Portuguese isn’t acquainted with the delights of the Europa League.
The Russian outfit are hoping that the pitch will give them an advantage over Manchester United, who are used to playing on the neat carpets of Premier League grounds.
Nonetheless, the Mirror report that despite Mourinho’s protestations, UEFA have confirmed that the game will go ahead.
“It’s still hard for me to believe we are going to play tomorrow,” said Mourinho.
“I know we have to, but it is hard for me to believe we are going to play tomorrow in that field – if you can call it a field.”
Take a look at the pitch he’s been complaining about:
— utdreport (@utdreport) March 9, 2017
Anyone who knows anything about Mourinho will infer that he may be getting his excuses in early.
Regardless of the pitch, United should be overwhelming favourites, but Red Devils fans will no doubt remember what happened last year at FC Midtjylland.
Mourinho has set his sights on a treble – of sorts – with United having already won the EFL Cup and still in contention for the FA Cup and Europa League.
It will certainly be interesting to see how they cope with everything Rostov throw at them, and they can hardly be blamed if they do struggle to pass the ball about on such an abysmal surface.