Mourinho slams icy pitch in Ukraine

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has questioned why UEFA allowed Zorya Luhansk to host Europa League matches so late in the year.

Mourinho claims the Chornomorets Stadium pitch, where the two teams will lock horns in matchday 6 on Thursday, is in a bad state due to frigid conditions.

The Ukrainian Premier League club have employed heaters to combat the sub-zero temperatures, which is expected to fall as low as -7°C on Wednesday night.

The Portuguese coach feels that European football's governing body could've avoided the situation by scheduling the fixture before December, when the weather isn't as cold.

"The pitch is very hard, it is icy," Mourinho told a news conference. "I think UEFA knows the conditions of the pitch. Everybody knows that in mid-December, the conditions in Ukraine and Eastern Europe are more difficult.

"If they are concerned, they should not allow the last fixture to be played here in December. The fifth fixture is in late November and they should not play here in December.

"Our flight here was good, the hotel is good, the stadium is good, but the pitch is bad. It is very cold and I know it is very difficult to have a better pitch.

"The people are trying to make it better and put heat on it, but they cannot do miracles, so let us hope that all goes well."

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