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Mourinho satisfied as Man Utd draw with Rostov in Russia

Jose Mourinho was maintaining a positive outlook in the wake of Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Rostov tonight.

The Red Devils managed to score a crucial away goal through Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the opening half at the Stadion Olimp-2 before Alexander Bukharov responded for the Russians with a well-taken second-half equaliser.

On a night where the subpar playing surface hindered the quality of the contest, Mourinho felt it was a satisfying result for his side who will return to Old Trafford to host Rostov next Thursday.

"It was a very good performance in relation to the conditions," he told BT Sport.

"Impossible to play better, impossible to have the ball, impossible to play a passing game. We played what the game demanded from us, we played well.

"We made one defensive mistake, but we can't concede a goal like that. We cope with the intensity, with their direct game, and the result is what we could expect.

"An open result for the second leg with a little advantage for us.

"It was a difficult match and now Old Trafford."

Andrew Slevison
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