Something rare happened in the Europa round 16 leg 2 of Manchester United encounter with Russian side Rostov. As both teams were chasing for their dreams of reaching the next stage, at the theatre of dreams Man United implored a different tactic. Unlike former defender Rio Ferdinand who once ate biscuits in the pitch, Marcos was given yellow bananas when he requested for it from coach Mourinho.
According the Portuguese tactician, Rojo was tired and needed it for energy, so when he requested for it, it was organized to be taken for him.
“I was tired many times. I know about the body needing anything, and the player asked for banana. The banana situation isn’t funny at all, we have to respect a player’s physical situation.”
He further stretched that unlike other teams above them, Man united has international football.
“They don’t know what fatigue is. We fight until the limits and that’s what we have to do.”
United’s danger man Zlatan Ibrahimović, forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan and midfielder Paul Pogba made a couple of attempts to score but were denied by cross bar, off target and good saves by Rostov Goal keeper. Finally at the 70th minute, Juan Mata was assisted by Zlatan to shoot from a very close range to the bottom right corner. Russian side had chances to force extra time with great goal attempts but was denied by United’s goal keeper Sergio Romero.
Banana is believed to have sugar/ glucose, Jose was seen using Ashely Young to forward the banana to his colleague as energy booster, surely in the game Marcos’ performance openly proved it right. He defended very well and ended up being man of the match. The Red devils qualify for the quarter finals with a 2 – 1 goals aggregate.
Manchester United 1 – 0 Rostov [Aggregate 2 – 1]