Manchester United fans impressed by Marouane Fellaini's performance vs Rostov

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Manchester United's Europa League tie against Russian side Rostov certainly wasn't one of the purists on Thursday night.

Prior to kick off, Jose Mourinho had expressed his concerns about the state of the pitch at the Olimp-2 stadium and he wasn't wrong.

A dry, hard surface with big patches of the pitch sparse with grass meant that even the simplest of 10-yard passes was awkward to control.

As a result of the tricky conditions, Mourinho sprung a tactical surprise by playing three centre-backs, two wing-backs and filling his XI with all of his tallest options.

So it's fair to say that no one was really expecting a classic.

The visitors grabbed a precious away goal in the first half when a fine piece of control by Marouane Fellaini was followed by an excellent through ball to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swedish forward then pulled it back to Henrikh Mkhitaryan to score in his third consecutive European game - see the video below.

Rostov regrouped after the interval, though, and scored an equaliser after Aleksandr Bukharov capitalised on some lax defending from the Red Devils.

The match then petered out to a 1-1 draw but Mourinho will feel more than satisfied at his side's chances of progression after nicking an away goal.

There were plenty of decent displays from those wearing red, however, Man United fans were particularly pleased with Fellaini's performance on the night.

A much-maligned figure at Old Trafford, the Belgian has turned a corner under Mourinho this season and he showed once again how useful he can be in these kind of awkward fixtures.

His role in Mkhitaryan's goal was almost a throwback the havoc he used to wreak at Everton and the United supporters appreciated his impact in Russia.

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