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Old Trafford will push Man Utd to Europa League quarter-finals - Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has called on Manchester United's supporters to push the team towards the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

The Red Devils grabbed a crucial away goal in the Round of 16 first leg against Rostov tonight in a 1-1 draw at the Stadion Olimp-2 thanks to a first-half strike from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Mourinho admitted it was a positive result in trying conditions and although his side will have away less to prepare for the return bout, is confident the United faithful will get them across the line at Old Trafford next week.

"An away goal is always positive; it's better 1-1 than 0-0, obviously," he told MUTV.

"But the game is open, the result is open and this Rostov team has experience of playing big matches, big opponents, big stadiums.

"I don't think it's a problem for them to go to Old Trafford and play us.

"They play Sunday against Terek Grozny, we play Monday against Chelsea (in the FA Cup quarter-final) - they know they have more time. It's more difficult but we are one step from the quarter-finals.

"Old Trafford will push us and hopefully we'll get to the quarter-finals."

Andrew Slevison
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