Predictions

Manchester United vs FC Rostov

Manchester United welcome FC Rostov to Old Trafford after a nervy first leg in Russia. The tie is firmly poised at 1-1 with victory being anyone’s for the taking.

 

Team News

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is available after missing United’s trip to Chelsea on Monday through a domestic ban.

 

Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial have been ruled out through injury. The latter has however been training with a youth squad alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luke Shaw.

 

Rostov’s captain, Aleksandr Gatskan will miss the journey to Manchester through European suspension.

 

Even Stevens

 

Manchester United have a shaky record against Russian sides. They have only recorded two wins over clubs from Russia. There have been seven draws, with just one defeat against Zenit St Petersburg in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup.

 

Jose Mourinho will need his Red Devils to be in top form and with a rested Ibrahimovic, there will be no excuses for a draw here. The Swedish Maestro has scored five goals so far in this competition for United making him a real threat.

 

This is Rostov’s first match on English soil so expect them to soak up the atmosphere and defend deep. Their away record in Europe this season is a concern because they have lost all of their last five away matches.

 

Prediction

 

The match is going to be tough given United’s poor record against Russian clubs.

 

A draw here won’t be a surprise. If it finishes 2-2 on aggregate and extra time is needed, FC Rostov will have to be favourites due to United’s fixture congestion.

 

The Mancunians should however just have enough in them with a fresh Ibrahimovic starting.

 

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 FC Rostov

Result: Manchester United 1-0 FC Rostov (Manchester United win 2-1 on aggregate)

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