Jose Mourinho expects a major test for his Manchester United outfit at home to Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
The Turkish side, who have former United striker Robin van Persie among their ranks, are currently down in ninth place in their domestic league, but Mourinho is taking nothing for granted, while also being concerned that he has to take into consideration a trip to Chelsea on Sunday.
To have a chance, we have to play with a good team, knowing that two days later we have to play in the Premier League.Jose Mourinho
The Portuguese told reporters: “It’s a big team and a difficult opponent.
“We are going to play with a team that has chances to win – if we play with a team that is not good and strong, we don’t have a chance.
“To have a chance, we have to play with a good team, knowing that two days later we have to play in the Premier League.”
Mourinho was coy in giving too much away about his team selection, but did confirm that left-back Luke Shaw will start the game after recovering from a groin problem.
He was less certain about summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been sidelined by a thigh problem for just over a month.
Confirming that the former Borussia Dortmund forward is fit, Mourinho added: “He was injured quite a long time, but he’s not injured any more.
“Now it’s time for him to go back to the levels we know he can achieve. I cannot confirm whether he will play tomorrow or not.”
United and Fener have met on four previous occasions, all of which were in the Champions League, with both teams registering two victories.
The Red Devils are 3/5 to earn a victory on Thursday evening and are 6/1 to register a 2-0 win, with Van Persie 11/4 to score at any time against his former club.
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