Manchester United defender Daley Blind has praised his team’s approach to Thursday night’s Europa League last 16 first leg with FC Rostov. Jose Mourinho’s side will head to Old Trafford for the return leg with honours even at 1-1, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s away goal could prove valuable on an evening when the pitch’s terrible condition took centre stage.
Speaking to Manutd.com, Blind said: “It’s a good job we scored an away goal but, of course, we wanted to finish the game 1-0. They came back to 1-1 and then you can do two things: you can attack or you can be a bit smarter and know there’s a second leg. We chose the second option.
“The game was unplayable. It was very bad, we couldn’t play any balls to each other. I think it was an ugly game to watch. We have to finish it at home now – we have the away goal and we have the advantage. We have to make sure we do that. I wanted a win for my birthday but an away goal will do!”