Jose Mourinho predicts Manchester United defeat against Middlesbrough

Manchester United reached the Europa League quarter-finals as Juan Mata's second-half strike at Old Trafford secured victory over FC Rostov. "The boys are wonderful boys, but probably we'll lose the game on Sunday".

"It should just be Rostov, but it's difficult to play Monday night, it's difficult to play with ten men, it's difficult to play Rostov". Fatigue has a price. 'When I spoke with a Uefa delegate in Rostov they told me insurance pays [if one of my players gets injured].

The home side suffered the blow of losing Paul Pogba - who enjoyed a strong first half - to a suspected hamstring injury just after the break and their hold on the midfield suffered slightly as a result.

On United's performance against Rostov, Mata added: "It was a matter of finishing our chances again".

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Ibrahimović nearly finally found the breakthrough a few minutes later, though his effort from a tight angle curled against Rostov's far post. "We trust in our team, we believe in every single player and I am sure that if we do our best the outcome will be positive", Daniliants said. As soon as we manage to do this, we will have a chance to pass to the next round. Celta Vigo, Ajax, Olympiacos and several other teams are also in action on Thursday. We have to fight.

The Spaniard clipped home from close range as Henrikh Mkhitaryan's low cross was flicked into his path by Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 20 minutes remaining as the dominant Reds ensured progression to the last eight of the competition with a 2-1 aggregate scoreline. We played the last match without all of them and we didn't mention that. Perhaps a clean calculation, but not without a share of bad luck, MJ left the cup tournament, but unlike the match in the first round of the championship (4-0), Manchester United lost - 1: 0, and from the 35th minute he played with ten men. Despite his frustrations he needs the game time as this season will now be more about him getting back up to speed with the Premier League than taking it by storm.

Mourinho said he was not anxious about attracting players this summer if United fail to qualify for the Champions League, pointing to last summer as proof the club can still sign the best players.