Rostov vs Manchester United Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Manchester United goes ahead in search of its only missing major European trophy when on Thursday night Jose Mourinho’s squad will storm the Russian front against Rostov. Hosts from Rostov-na-Donu (Rostov-on-Don) are enjoying to their greatest ever European breakthrough, initially by reaching the springtime as an UEFA competition member, now as one of the last 16 Europa League pretenders.
On other hand visitors from England are taking the challenge and Jose Mourinho can become first Manchester United manager who lifted the UEFA Europa League trophy. Only one that eludes from Man Utd’s showcase which is filled by different trophies.
H2H Stats – FK Rostov vs Manchester United: Not only both sides are meeting for the very first time but that is Rostov’s first ever competitive game against an English club.
Manchester United are keeping some remarkable memories from Russia where “The Red Devils” have won their last UEFA Champions League trophy. That happened in May 2008 when Sir Alex Ferguson’s side won over Avram Grant’s Chelsea in the Moscow rain.
Besides that glorious moment Manchester United has nine meetings with Russian teams, winning only two of them, but losing once. This simply means the most common result is a draw and last one was a goalless game in Moscow, when Manchester United were in a group alongside CSKA Moscow in last term’s UEFA Champions League – from October 2015.
It has been followed by a narrow victory in England, but however, Manchester United were eliminated in the group phase.
Europa League: FK Rostov vs Manchester United 09.03.2017
Rostov takes on United after a massive win on Friday evening, when “The Selmashi” crushed last-placed Tom Tomsk – 0-6 at the “Stadion Olimp-2”. It was Rostov’s first “away win” in the 2016–17 Russian Premier League season but as you can see game has been staged by their own stadium.
Actually that was opening match in top-tier of Russian football after a long winter break. After 18 rounds Rostov occupies 7th position with 28 points, remaining on a point behind FC Krasnodar (4th). Nonetheless, it wasn’t first competitive game for Ivan Daniliants’ men who have already renewed their European journey in the Europa League round of 32.
Rostov showed good performance in the 1/16 finals where Russian club had to face Sparta Prague. After an impressive 4-0 victory at home, second leg in the Czech capital was only protocol and Rostov qualified to the round of 16 with 5-1 on aggregate.
Manchester United also made enough to secure its round of 16 position after first round of 32 leg. The Pogba brothers had a direct duel and Paul won against Florentin as Manchester United eliminated AS Saint-Etienne after a 3-0 in England, followed by a 0-1 win in France.
Meanwhile, Manchester United already scooped a trophy during the season when Jose Mourinho won a managerial duel against Southampton’s Claude Puel. United defeated Southampton in front of 82 000 spectators at the mythical “Wembley” in London where “The Red Devils” won the English League Cup despite a partial comeback done by Southampton. Jose Mourinho’s men took a 2-0 lead after first-half goals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard, when Southampton’s winter signing Manolo Gabbiadini scored a quick brace and leveled the score. However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic added his own brace in closing minutes of the EFL Cup final and formed the final 3-2 in Manchester United’s favour.
Unfortunately, Manchester United slipped after six consecutive wins in all tournaments when early on Saturday afternoon AFC Bournemouth stole a point after a 1-1 draw at the “Old Trafford”. Jose Mourinho can be disappointed from such a performance since visitors from Bournemouth had to play whole second-half with 10 men, as Andrew Surman has been sent off in end of first 45 minutes. We can rate such a result as a frustrating failure not only because United had a home advantage and advantage to play 11 against 10 for more than 45 minutes, but Bournemouth were coming after two draws and six defeats in last 8 games. That failure leaves United on the sixth position in the English Premier League on three points behind rivals Liverpool (4th), but with one game less. Anyway, it’s a postponed derby vs Manchester City.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Jose Mourinho has some important decisions to make before trip to Russia with an approaching FA Cup quarter-final vs Chelsea only four days later. On Monday night Mourinho will return at the “Stamford Bridge” in London but first of all he must try getting a good score before second round in Manchester, which will be only three days after clash against Chelsea.
Eric Bailly is suspended for the first game against Rostov, while Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan misses out with a muscle injury. And if Mourinho hopes Mkhitaryan should recover on time for next Monday’s trip to London, he is expected to make some changes compared with squad against Bournemouth.
Daley Blind, Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera were all sitting on the bench for whole match and we expect their presence in Rostov. Jesse Lingard who was used as a substitution on Saturday may feature from the outset if Mourinho decides to refresh his attacking formation. At the same time it won’t be a surprise if the FA suspends Zlatan Ibrahimovic with retrospective action following an incident against Bournemouth, which should make the 35-year-old striker a sure starter in both upcoming UEFA Europa League rounds.
Rostov have bigger dreams with every next rounds and we must underline they are a club that comes from the UEFA Champions League stream, not Manchester United. In fact Rostov already gained some experience after becoming surprising Russian vice-champion last season. This awarded them with a position in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers where Rostov eliminated teams like RSC Anderlecht and Ajax Amsterdam, before being drawn out in a group next to Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven.
Apparently Rostov didn’t finished last in their UEFA Champions League group and even more, Rostov won five points out of six matches. Except both draws against PSV Eindhoven, “Selmashi” achieved their greatest ever result when Rostov were victorious not against whom but against a German powerhouse – 3-2 vs Bayern Munich in November.
A result which adds optimism in Rostov, especially when Ivan Daniliants can rely on its best players. Only first-choice goalkeeper Soslan Dzhanayev remains questionable as he still recovers from an injury and the 22-year-old Nikita Medvedev is doing well between the sticks so far.
FK Rostov vs Manchester United Betting Prediction
Rostov lost just once in their six European home games this season and that was a really tough challenge for Atletico Madrid. Apart from a 0-1 loss by Atleti, Russians have scored in every other home match and like we mentioned this includes results like 4-0 vs Sparta Prague, 3-2 vs Bayern Munich and a 4-1 win vs Ajax in end of August.
All results and overall team work of Rostov are turning the red light on for Jose Mourinho, who hardly can underestimate a match like that one.
Manchester United are favourites for winning the game after four successive clean sheets in the UEFA Europa League and to be honest, we believe Rostov can benefit from its home advantage here.
Rostov are playing with a 3-5-2 formation which easily transforms into a 5-3-2 and defensive contribution of both wide players is really helpful to their defenders. That’s why we expect even more cautious approach by the Russian team here and they may leave the initiative to Manchester United, which is something more typical for Jose Mourinho though.
We doubt that Jose Mourinho will be pleased with another passive match for his offensive footballers and thus we can anticipate more insistence coming by the away team. Tempted by currently suggested betting odds for goals by both clubs here, our betting prediction on the Europa League 1/8 final between FK Rostov and Manchester United goes for “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Venue: “Stadion Olimp-2”, Rostov-na-Donu.
Referee: Felix Zwayer from Germany.
Possible Lineups of FK Rostov and Manchester United
FK Rostov: Nikita Medvedev – Vladimir Granat, Cesar Navas, Miha Mevlja – Fedor Kudryashov, Christian Noboa, Alexandru Gatcan, Aleksandr Erokhin, Timofey Kalachev – Aleksandr Bukharov, Sardar Azmoun. (3-5-2)
Manchester United: David de Gea – Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind – Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera – Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (4-3-3)