Marcos Rojo on the end of Manchester United's surreal 'banana relay' during Rostov match

Sean Gibson
The Telegraph
Play was briefly disturbed in the second half for a banana emergency - Andrew Yates/Reuters/BT Sport
Play was briefly disturbed in the second half for a banana emergency - Andrew Yates/Reuters/BT Sport

Manchester United players and staff came to the rescue of colleague Marcos Rojo on Thursday night, who found himself in dire need of a mid-match banana against Rostov.

United boss Jose Mourinho sourced the fruit from we-know-not-where before handing it to substitute Ashley Young, who was warming up further along the touchline.

Young eventually delivered the emergency banana before any more drastic action were required.

<span>When Man Utd players miss dinner, Jose's got them covered</span> <span>Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters&nbsp; </span>
When Man Utd players miss dinner, Jose's got them covered Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 
<span>Marcos Rojo eats a banana late on during Manchester United's match against Rostov</span> <span>Credit: BT Sport </span>
Marcos Rojo eats a banana late on during Manchester United's match against Rostov Credit: BT Sport

The banana may have been a timely intervention to head off any cramp brewing in the muscles of the Manchester United defender, as the hosts endured a more difficult evening than they had expected against the Russian side.

Mourinho's men eventually emerged 1-0 winners on the night, progressing 2-1 on aggregate, courtesy of a second-half Juan Mata tap-in.

Though United were dominant for long periods, Rostov enjoyed enough fleeting glimpses of attacking threat to make the Old Trafford crowd uneasy while the score remained 0-0.

<span>Rojo produced a mighty leap to force the Rostov keeper into a smart save in the first-half</span> <span>Credit: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images </span>
Rojo produced a mighty leap to force the Rostov keeper into a smart save in the first-half Credit: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images
<span>Rojo fights for the ball with Rostov's Dmitri Poloz</span> <span>Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images </span>
Rojo fights for the ball with Rostov's Dmitri Poloz Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images

 

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