Sep 15, 2016

    Red Devils can expect hell from Feyenoord


    FRESH from giving his players a rollicking, Jose Mourinho's focus turns from Manchester United's derby defeat to European action with a tricky Europa League opener at in-form Feyenoord tonight.

    It will be the Portuguese manager's first game in the second-tier European competition since winning its predecessor, the Uefa Cup, with Porto in 2003 and he said he is taking it seriously.

    Mourinho's unbeaten start as United manager came to a stuttering stop on Saturday as long-time nemesis Pep Guardiola's Manchester City left Old Trafford with a 2-1 victory.

    United can expect a tough Group A opener at Feyenoord, who are top of the Dutch league having won all five of their matches this season and have pedigree in the competition.

    United's Spanish attacking midfielder Juan Mata warned that after the disappointment of derby day, there was "no time for mourning".

    "On Thursday, we're going to play the first game in the Europa League, away against Feyenoord, a classic in European football," he said on his weekly blog.

    "It's going to be a very demanding debut in this competition," he added of the road to the final in Stockholm next May.

    Mourinho said young attacking sensation Marcus Rashford will play after his impressive second-half cameo on Saturday, along with midfielder Ander Herrera.

    "He (Rashford) is going to play is the only thing I can say.

    "I trust him completely and I know his future will be absolutely brilliant," said the Portuguese, who was scathing of some of his players after the City defeat, particularly defender Eric Bailly.