Breaking into the top four has been tough for Mourinho and having drawn Anderlecht, Mourinho may consider the Europa League, with only five games between the Reds and victory, a more viable way of qualifying for the Champions League than finishing in the Premier League's top four. It's not his fault, I think he deserves respect. They simply don't care.
The match took place just three days after a tough FA Cup defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, in which United played for almost an hour with 10 men, while their preparations were further hindered when travel problems meant they did not return to their Carrington base until 0400 local time on Tuesday. So every country is doing that.
"It makes no sense (not to do it)". They did however win the last time the teams met in Europe, in the group stages of the 2000/01 Champions League, with Tomasz Radzinski scoring a brace to give them a 2-1 win.
The second leg of the tie with Manchester United takes place at Old Trafford on Thursday 16 March.
"It's as simple as that".
"It's difficult to play Monday with 10 men (after Ander Herrera was sent off at Chelsea), it's difficult to play now, it's difficult to play 12 o'clock on Sunday".
However, it was in vain, despite a long-range Christian Noboa free-kick forcing a save from United keeper Sergio Romero with the last kick of the game. We can not even sleep on Sunday morning.
Aleksandr Bukharov, Rostov's scorer in the first leg, threatened to peg United back in the 79th minute, but Romero was equal to both his glancing header and Noboa's unsafe stoppage-time free-kick. Man Utd reserves could have won that game tonight.
However, the Premier League side had no reason to feel happy about their success, as Pogba was replaced by Marouane Fellaini due to an apparent hamstring injury early in the second half. "That's obvious", said Mourinho, whose side have played 11 games in just over six weeks.
Ajax overturned a 2-1 deficit from the first leg thanks to first-half goals by Bertrand Traore and Kasper Dolberg. "Even a physical monster like him felt it".
He added: "I will remember forever when I spoke to the UEFA delegate in Rostov".