Can a tricky pitch upset United’s bid to overcome Zorya?

Published by on December 8, 2016

Uncertainty has surrounded Manchester United’s Europa League game against Zorya Luhansk all week, with doubts about the quality of the pitch continuing right up until the day of the game.

Jose Mourinho has expressed his concerns about the playing surface, perhaps getting the excuses in early this time.

Even without those problems, though, it’s going to be difficult for the Red Devils.

Last time they faced the Ukranian minnows, they struggled past them with a 1-0 win, and they’ll do well to improve on that in these conditions.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score first and United to win 1-0 is at 15/1, and that’s perhaps the most optimistic bet you’re going to find at such a good price.

However, United scoring plenty isn’t completely out of the question. They’ve scored four twice in the campaign so far and have found the back of the net a total of 10 times in five games.

If it’s too risky to predict the number of goals then, some of the smaller bets also look worth a go.

United to win and Marcos Rojo to be carded is at 3/1, and the same is true of Wayne Rooney.

Rojo to be carded seems to feature heavily in the betting, and it’s no surprise really after his ridiculous challenge vs Everton at the weekend.

United are ultimately facing some horrendous conditions, but they need to avoid defeat if they’re to qualify, so Mourinho is going to have to prioritise even if he’s got one eye on Tottenham on Sunday.