Henrikh Mkhitaryan who scored for Manchester United in the 1-1 draw against Rostov, believes the poor pitch is to blame for their poor display.
The midfielder opened the scoring on the night, after returning from injury he sustained in the match against Saint Etienne.
Bhukarov equalised for the home side in the second half to restore parity and Mkhitaryan believes the surface was too poor for United.
“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,” Mkhitaryan told BT Sport.
“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.”
“You know that’s football, you have to wait for everything, it doesn’t matter if you score and you lead 1-0, you have to be ready for everything,” the playmaker said.
“We conceded the goal and that was a mistake but there is a second leg to play which will be more important.
“The first half was more quiet and there was nothing special besides the goal. I’m happy to score and we were happy to lead, but unfortunately we conceded and everything changed with their goal.
“Hopefully I’ve got no injuries so we’ll keep fighting and getting ready for the next game.”