Revealed: Man United boss reveals toughest teams left in European competition
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed which teams cause post his side the biggest threat if the Red Devils progress to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
United take on Rostov tonight at Old Trafford after drawing the first-leg 1-1 in Russia.
The Manchester based side are favourites to book a place in the next round of the competition but could face tough opposition in the quarter-finals.
Mourinho identified Turkish champions Besiktas, Roma, Lyon, Schalke, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celta Viga as being potential threats.
“The teams are good,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by the official Manchester United website.
“When you look to the possible people in the quarter-finals, you have Roma or Lyon, you have Besiktas, you have one of the two German teams [Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach] and possibly Celta Vigo – it’s not easy.
“But we are going to try and the next step is obviously to try to be in the quarter-final draw.”
Roma face Lyon while Schalke take on Gladbach in the second-leg, which means two less teams Mourinho will have to worry about at the next stage.
Besiktas meanwhile drew their first game against Olympiakos 1-1 in Greece giving them an away goal advantage for the return fixture in Istanbul.
United have already faced Turkish opposition in the Europa League this season against Fenerbahce who topped Group A.
The Red Devils beat Fenerbahce at Old Trafford but lost the game in Istanbul.