By Andrew Hyslop
- Ibrahimović available for selection despite domestic ban
- Eric Bailly available after suspension ruled him out of first-leg
After seeing their defence of the FA Cup come to an end at the quarter-finals stage on Monday night. Manchester United welcome FC Rostov to Old Trafford for the Europa League last sixteen second-leg.
After a 1-1 draw in the first-leg in Russia last Thursday. Manchester United have the advantage of an away goal and will be looking to see off the Russians and book their place in the quarter-final draw.
Manchester United manager will be able to recall Zlatan Ibrahimović to his starting line-up despite a domestic ban. Eric Bailly is also available for selection after missing the first-leg through suspension.
Despite his sending-off against Chelsea on Monday night, Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera will be available for this game ahead of a two-game domestic ban.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan strike in the first-leg gives United what could be a crucial away goal. The away goal means that Rostov will need to score at Old Trafford if they are going to win through.
This is Manchester United’s fourth game of March and they will be looking to record their first victory after two draws and a defeat.
Meanwhile FC Rostov followed up the 1-1 draw with United last week with a 0-0 draw in the Russian League on Sunday.
Manchester United have a 100% record after the drawing the first-leg 1-1 away from home in European competition. Winning through against Willem II (1963), Djurgardens (1964), Saint Étienne (1977) and Lyon (2008) after drawing 1-1 away from home first.
Keep up that record and Manchester United will enter the hat for the Europa League quarter-final draw on Friday.
Europa League Could Become Number One Priority
When Jose Mourinho was appointed in the summer. His number one target was to take Manchester United back into the Champions League.
At the start of the season, winning the Europa League would have been seen as the second way to get back in the Champions League.
With Manchester United sitting sixth in the league, six points off the top four positions. The Europa League could now be viewed by the manager and the club as the number one priority.
Win the Europa League and they will go straight into the Champions League group stages.