Jose Mourinho lashes out at Manchester United's 'enemies' as mind games continue at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho continued his efforts to create a siege mentality at Manchester United on Thursday night.

The Red Devils squeezed through to the Europa League quarter-finals with a 2-1 aggregate victory over FC Rostov.

Juan Mata bagged only goal of the second leg to secure a narrow win and safe passage into the last eight for the Premier League giants.

However, Mourinho was in no mood for a victory party at Old Trafford as he used his post-match TV interview with BT Sport to play some more mind games.

The Special One is frustrated at a congested fixture schedule that he feels could have contributed to Paul Pogba limping off injured against the Russians.

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Juan Mata

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United lost at Chelsea on Monday before the Rostov clash and now face a lunchtime kick-off on Sunday at relegation-haunted Middlesbrough.

“We were afraid of extra time,” Mourinho said.

“We have lots of enemies. Normally the enemies should be Rostov but we have a lot of enemies. It’s difficult to play Monday with 10 men, it’s difficult to play now, it’s difficult to play 12 o’clock on Sunday. We have a lot of enemies.

“A lot of people might say we should have scored more goals. But a lot of things are going against us. The boys are amazing boys. We will probably lose the game on Sunday.

“Fatigue has a price. I will remember forever when I spoke to the UEFA delegate in Rostov. He told me if any of our players gets injured, the insurance paid.

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“Whoever decided the Monday and Sunday games probably thinks the same way.”

Manchester United will discover who they face in the Europa League finals when the draw is made on Friday.

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