Jose Mourinho believes Manchester
United could not have played any better than they did in the 1-1 draw
against Rostov in the Europa League.
Mkhitaryan put United up before the break, but Bhukarov scored in the second half to keep the Russian side in it. Even
though United don’t have a commanding advantage, Mourinho is pleased
with how his men played and knows they can’t afford any slip up on the
“It was a very good performance in relation to the
conditions,” he told reporters. “It was impossible to play better,
impossible to play a passing game. We played what the game demanded and
we played well. We made one defensive mistake.
“We have an open
result for the second leg with a little advantage for us. There are no
injuries. I think we had a positive result. We know we need to win or to
have a 0-0 draw so the game is open, the tie is open. But, in these
circumstances, I think it was a good result.
“The game plan was
that we know they don’t try to play – they tried to put the ball always
to the front, into their strikers. That’s the way they play on this
pitch and so the best thing to do was to play three at the back. Our
three central defenders had a very positive game. The midfield fought
for the second goal and tried to give something in attack.
away goal is always positive; it’s better 1-1 than 0-0, obviously. But
the game is open, the result is open and this Rostov team has experience
of playing big matches, big opponents, big stadiums. I don’t think it’s
a problem for them to go to Old Trafford and play us.
Sunday against Terek Grozny, we play Monday against Chelsea – they know
they have more time. It’s more difficult but we are one step from the
quarter-finals. Old Trafford will push us and hopefully we’ll get to the