Man United are not ready to dominate Premier League - Mourinho

Posted March 17, 2017

Midfielder Juan Mata scored a timely goal as Manchester United entered the last eight of the Europa League with an underwhelming 1-0 victory against Russian minnows FC Rostov in a nervy encounter at Old Trafford.

A glance at Mata's stats from the game sheds light on what was another subtly decisive display from the Spaniard.

It's also the only European trophy the club have never won.

United manager Jose Mourinho suggested Pogba "paid a price" for the team's accumulation of fixtures as the world's most expensive player pulled up in the 47th minute at Old Trafford and slumped to the ground.

United should have been ahead after a first half they dominated but Zlatan Ibrahimovic twice hit a post, Rostov goalkeeper Nikita Medvedev saved well from Rojo and Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed a one-on-one.

"Manchester United is very powerful, it doesn't need to be in the Champions League to attract the best players", he said. "I am not making fun of it, I am speaking really and feeling it", Mourinho said.

"We have a lot of enemies", Mourinho said.

Van Gaal managed to return United to the Uefa Champions League via fourth place in the Premier League in his first season, but the club missed out on this year's competition due to a fifth-place finish in his final campaign, although he did depart as an FA Cup victor.

"We are not ready to be a dominant force. Whoever decided the Monday and Sunday games probably thinks the same way".

"But there is a space between the general ambition of such a giant club and what we are, in reality".

"But they played clearly to let the game go until the period where we would be logically in some trouble from a physical point of view". They've had an easy ride in the cups, with a lot of home draws. And the team now has only Friday and Saturday off before and an early wakeup call on Sunday to face Middlesbrough in the Premier League. We have a lot of enemies.

In the interview, broadcast on BBC2's Premier League Show, Mourinho was at pains to say that his side were tactically more offensive than the previous clubs he has managed. What rubbish. I've seen players maybe get Jaffa Cakes passed onto the pitch, so I wasn't surprised a player was looking for some sort of food but I think they made a bigger drama than what it was.