Jose Mourinho has insisted he will not make a fuss over his lack of options ahead of the second leg of Manchester United’s Europa League last 16 clash with FC Rostov on Thursday.
Man United grabbed an important away goal through Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the first leg before Aleksandr Bukharov’s strike levelled the tie heading into the clash at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese manager will be without Anthony Martial and possibly Wayne Rooney for the second leg of the tie after the pair both suffered knocks in the lead-up to United’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup.
But Mourinho, speaking after the loss at Stamford Bridge, made it clear that he would not cry about United’s lack of options and congested schedule.
“We don’t cry,” he said.
“Nobody saw us crying this week because we don’t have Zlatan, because we don’t have this, we don’t have that, nobody had one single word from us crying about it.
“We have a very important match on Thursday and I want to rest a little bit to try to prepare the team as best we can. That’s the most important thing now.”
United will have just one day of rest before beginning preparation for the game against Rostov, not long after playing 65 minutes with ten men at Stamford Bridge following a beleaguering trip to Russia. Fighting on so many fronts at this stage of the season can be a sapping task; Paul Pogba, for one, came across as lethargic against the Champions-elect after featuring in eight games in less than a month.
But Mourinho can draw confidence from the fact that both Eric Bailly, suspended for the first leg, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic can both feature on Thursday. United fans will, no doubt, expect to see their side make lighter work of the Russian side on Old Trafford’s pristine turf.