Henrikh Mkhitaryan has blamed the poor state of the Rostov's pitch for their eventless outing in their 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie. Mkhitaryan put the visitors ahead when he lashed at a ball from Ibrahimovic as he marked his return from injury, but Aleksandr Bukharov pulled equalised for the home team at the start of the season half. Mkhitaryan told BT Sport. "We tried to win today, maybe we were not focused at the beginning of the second half, but we played as good as we could on this pitch." "I don't want to even speak about the pitch, because it was an awful thing for both sides. It was not a very interesting game but whatever, we tried to do everything." After United conceded, the host took control of the match and had a better chance of winning the game. Mkhitaryan acknowledging Bukharov's effort changed the dynamics of the game, but also admitted United performance suffered a set back due to the poor state of the pitch.