Manchester United played like they were going to leave Russia without bruises especially for their supporters’ safety after a cagey 1-1 draw with FC Rostov at the Olimp-2 Stadium on Thursday night.

One can only assume United were being cautious considering the high level of violence in Russian football which forced Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho to adopt conservative tactics against the Russian minnows in the Europa League last-16 first-leg clash.

Despite security fears and a dodgy pitch, United still managed to take the lead and bagged a crucial away goal through Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the first half.

The Armenian playmaker latched onto Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s smart cut-back and fired into the back of the net to give United an early advantage in the tie.

However, Aleksandr Bukharov showcased his talent by bringing down a lofted pass expertly and firing past Sergio Romero to level for the hosts in the second half and United will be hoping they finish the job at Old Trafford next week in the second leg when Rostov come visiting Manchester and seal quarter-finals ticket.

FC Rostov are the lowest-ranked side left in the Europa League this season.


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