Manchester United vs Rostov

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Ibrahimovic had a hand in the opening goal - meaning he has been directly involved in at least one goal in each of his four Europa League ties at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho will hope to avoid a slip-up after his side picked up a handy 1-1 draw on a cabbage patch of a pitch in Russian Federation.

Finally, Schalke beat Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund on the away goals rule after a 2-2 draw and a 3-3 aggregate score.

The game, in all honesty, was pretty dire for any neutral viewers, but it was jazzed up a little bit at the sight of Marcus Rojo tucking into a banana that had been specifically delivered to him on the pitch.

United switched to a back three for the game, perhaps to match up with the Rostov system, though in reality the visitors began with something resembling a flat back five. All the players are aware of how much it means to make it through and so, when the day of the match comes around, we'll be ready and prepared to ensure we start well. Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney were not fit enough to make the squad, Pogba hobbled down the tunnel early in the second half with what looked like a hamstring problem, and Daley Blind's blow to the head saw Phil Jones introduced as a makeshift left wing-back. A winning team needs balance and while Griezmann will solve one issue for United, it'll raise another issue for them.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will once again be involved for United on Thursday, with his three-match ban only applying to local games.

The victor of Thursday's match will advance to the quarterfinals. Even without FA Cup dates to worry about now, every midweek is now accounted for. Jose praised the work-ethic of his players and the incredible travelling fans, who were the only ones that could be heard singing and chanting throughout the match.

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Mourinho insisted the players would be ready for a third game in eight days despite the quick turnaround and fielded a strong line-up, boasting four changes from Monday's Emirates FA Cup defeat at Chelsea.

The extra worry - and it is a real one now - is that injuries are mounting.

United are six points adrift of the top four in the Premier League and with a truly terrible run of fixtures ahead of them including against Arsenal and Spurs away, as well as against table-toppers Chelsea, they'd have to go some to finish with a spot in the Champions League next season.



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