Manchester United and Jose Mourinho may not play their UEFA Europa League game against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday.
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Amid freezing conditions in the Ukrainian city of Odessa (Zorya cannot play their games at home due to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine) the pitch underwent an inspection on Thursday and with covers and heaters on the playing surface overnight, there is hope the game should go ahead.
However, Jose Mourinho has already talked about the state of the pitch as not being ideal, while the likes of Daley Blind and Paul Pogba looked far from impressed when they went out for a training session on Wednesday in freezing conditions.
Remember, United only needs a point from the game against Zorya to qualify for the Europa League Round of 32 and Mourinho has selected a strong 19-man squad for the trip.
A statement from Zorya said the following on Thursday morning, as they remain hopeful of the game going ahead.
“Everything depends on the weather. The pitch is not brilliant at the moment. We are expecting temperatures of two or three degrees and everything should be okay.”
Below was the scene in Odessa yesterday for United’s training session, via Simon Peach of the Press Association.
Yep, the pitch doesn’t look great.