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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho criticises state of FC Rostov pitch

Mourinho also confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic will "play tomorrow".

SNS | New Delhi |

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Wednesday criticised the state of their FC Rostov’s pitch, ahead of their UEFA Europa League round-of-16 clash with the Russian side.

In the pre-match press conference, the Portuguese tactician stated: "It’s still hard for me to believe that we are going to play tomorrow.I know we have to but it’s hard for me to believe we are going to play on that field, if you can call it a field."

Responding to queries on Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s involvement in Thursday’s game, as the Armenian has been recovering from a hamstring complaint, he said: "I don’t know which team to play, really. I don’t know which team I will play, I don’t know if Mkhitaryan is going to play. I have a lot to think because I was expecting something more playable.”

Mourinho also refused to comment on star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s three-match suspension for elbowing Tyrone Mings in the face during United’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth in the English Premier League over the weekend,

He did, however, confirm that the Swede “plays tomorrow” at the Olimp-2 Stadium since he is suspended only for domestic competitions not European ties.

The full Manchester United squad that has traveled to Rostov:
De Gea, Romero, O'Hara; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Young; Carrick, Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Mkhitaryan; Martial, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.