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Watch: Marcos Rojo eats a banana during Man United's Europa League win
The Red Devils defender needed extra energy during the 1-0 win over Rostov, and was passed the fruit by manager Jose Mourinho

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MAN UNITED’S 1-0 win over Rostov at Old Trafford was far from the most entertaining game ever seen in the Europa League, but one moment stood out for fans at the ground and watching at home.

With less than 20 minutes remaining, manager Jose Mourinho handed a banana to Ashley Young to pass to Marcos Rojo — who ate it on the pitch — in highly unusual scenes.

Manchester United won 2-1 on aggregate to progress to the Europa League last eight and Mourinho explained afterwards that Rojo was attempting to combat fatigue.

“If you were tired any time in your life, I was tired many times, I know what the body needs,” said the Portuguese.

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“It needs anything. The player asked for a banana. But it’s not to laugh at all. It’s to respect the players.”

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