Manchester United not ready to dominate again: Mourinho

Doyle BarkerMar 20, 2017

Juan Mata said the prospect of being substituted in Manchester United's Europa League victory against Rostov on Thursday spurred him on to score the game's only goal.

He hobbled off the pitch and walked straight down the Old Trafford touchline to the tunnel, with Marouane Fellaini taking his place.

"He's the manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs on the planet".

The boss said United's run of games, which will see them play on Monday, Thursday and tomorrow this week, proves the Red Devils have "enemies". Or are the authorities happy to have just one English club in the Europa League and one English club in the Champions League? They also have Youri Tielemans, a teenage product of the club's youth team, who has scored 17 goals in all competitions.

Mourinho said "fatigue has a price" and they will "probably lose" Sunday's game at Middlesbrough which kicks off at 12:00 GMT - a fourth game in 11 days. "In order to raise my level a little, I had to come to England and show to everyone who I am", he told former Juventus, AC Milan and England head coach Fabio Capello in an interview with FOXSports Italia on Friday. Not 12 o'clock. At least let us sleep a little bit on Sunday, right?

But having played Chelsea in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge last Monday, Mourinho's side now travel to Middlesbrough in the league which has been scheduled for a 12pm kick-off tomorrow.

Midfielder Adlene Guedioura is available after being cup-tied last weekend, but Boro will once again have to do without injured defensive trio George Friend (calf), Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and Calum Chambers (foot). "If we were to qualify, I would light a few candles".

"But in Rostov when I was speaking with the (Uefa) delegate about the conditions of the stadium, he was telling me, 'If a player gets injured, no problem, because they have insurance'. But I think that [the Premier League] is good enough to have more teams in the Champions League and the Europa League".

"We were just looking at some of the cup fixtures they've had".

"It has allowed that difference in power to be slowly diluted, in a way that Manchester United stopped being the all-powerful Manchester United, and became part of a group of five, six, seven very powerful clubs".

"It's another historic game for us", said beaten manager Ivan Daniliants, whose side had never previously gone so far in European competition.

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