PARIS: Recent from giving his gamers a rollicking Jose Mourinho’s focus turns from Manchester United’s derby defeat to European motion with a difficult Europa League opener at in-type Feyenoord on Thursday.
Will probably be the Portuguese supervisor’s first recreation within the second-tier European competitors since profitable its predecessor the UEFA Cup with Porto in 2003 and he says he’s taking it critically.
Mourinho’s unbeaten begin as United supervisor got here to a stuttering cease Saturday as lengthy-time nemesis Pep Guardiola’s Manchester Metropolis left Previous Trafford with a 2-1 victory.
United can anticipate a troublesome Group A opener at Feyenoord, who’re prime of the Dutch league having gained all 5 of their matches this season and have pedigree within the competitors.
United’s Spanish attacking midfielder Juan Mata warned that after the frustration of derby day there was “no time for mourning”.
“On Thursday we will play the primary recreation within the Europa League, away towards Feyenoord, a basic in European soccer,” Mata stated on his weekly weblog.
“It should be a really demanding debut on this competitors,” he added of the street to the ultimate in Stockholm subsequent Might.
Mourinho says that younger attacking sensation Marcus Rashford will play after his spectacular second-half cameo together with midfielder Ander Herrera on Saturday.
“He (Rashford) goes to play is the one factor I can say. I belief him utterly and I do know his future might be completely sensible,” stated the Portuguese, who was scathing of a few of his gamers after the Metropolis defeat, notably defender Eric Bailly.
English-Dutch clashes are all the time feisty affairs however United have crushed Feyenoord in each their earlier conferences.
This time it is going to be extra subdued — at the least within the stands — with the capability of the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam halved to 26,000 following UEFA sanctions for crowd hassle towards Roma earlier this yr.
United followers, whose ticket allocation has been slashed to 1,four hundred, have been suggested by the membership to not put on United colors and keep away from areas of potential battle.
Feyenoord supervisor Giovanni Van Bronckhorst stated: “I am assured that — regardless of the measures the membership has to take — an environment will probably be created once more at De Kuip to make sure we, as a staff, are capable of carry out at our highest in our house matches.”
Former United and Feyenoord striker Robin van Persie is about to play each golf equipment as his Fenerbahce aspect are additionally in Group A with the Turkish aspect taking over Zorya Luhansk of Ukraine of their opener.
Van Persie gained the competitors with boyhood membership Feyenoord in 2002.
Spanish golf equipment have gained six of the final 10 Europa League titles with Sevilla, the reigning three-time champions, now enjoying within the elite Champions League.
Of the finalists within the Europa League during the last decade eight are from Spain, who this season might be represented by Athletic Bilbao, Celta Vigo and Villarreal.
Celta, struggling from 5 successive La Liga losses, journey to Commonplace Liege in Group G, which additionally consists of Dutch giants Ajax and Greek membership Panathinaikos.
Athletic Bilbao journey to Italian aspect Sassuolo in Group F, which incorporates Speedy Vienna of Austria and Belgium aspect KRC Genk. Villarreal host FC Zurich in Group L.
England’s second consultant, Southampton, host Czech membership Sparta Prague in Group Okay in search of their first win beneath new boss Claude Puel, with Inter Milan, 3 times winners, internet hosting Israeli membership Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
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