Manchester United visited Russia’s Rostov this evening and only managed to get away with a draw. Jose played once again mind games with everyone, as we all were trying to figure out the style of play United were playing. Was it a regular system as always or did Jose Mourinho go full Louis van Gaal mode?
In this messy situation Jose ha it all settled, our natural back three would circulate the ball and play long as the pitch was indeed tricky. Fans and the players as well feared for any possible injuries as the ball kept bouncing in the first minutes leaving things unclear for the United players.
However, it was all about United in the first half as United kept pushing keeping them busy, while the security needed being back with Rostov not causing much trouble. As we were getting close to the first half, Fellaini, Ibrahimovic and in the end Mkhitaryan combined well to give United a deserved lead. Jose’s mastermind plan worked really well. All had to be closed in Russia.
What he didn’t think was the moment of sleep of Jones and Smalling that let down Romero as he couldn’t do anything to avoid the goal. Rostov played better in the second half as United needed Rojo to the rescue several times and the Argentine was once again solid doing really well.
In the end, it was job done and a satisfying result as the Russians will visit Old Trafford next week and with Zlatan rested, United have a surprise for them. Leaving all this behind, here are the player ratings for tonight’s game: