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

Sean Gibson
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.

When Man Utd players miss dinner, Jose's got them covered Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 
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.

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
Rojo fights for the ball with Rostov's Dmitri Poloz Credit: Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images

 

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