No time to mourn

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

Mour­inho says that young at­tack­ing sen­sa­tion Marcus Rash­ford will play after his im­pres­sive sec­ond­half cameo along with mid­fielder An­der Her­rera on Satur­day.

“He (Rash­ford) is go­ing to play is the only thing I can say. I trust him com­pletely and I know his fu­ture will be ab­so­lutely bril­liant,” said the Por­tuguese, who was scathing of some of his play­ers after the City de­feat, par­tic­u­larly de­fender Eric Bailly.

English-Dutch clashes are al­ways feisty af­fairs but United have beaten Feyeno­ord in both their pre­vi­ous meet­ings.

This time it will be more sub­dued – at least in the stands – with the ca­pac­ity of the De Kuip sta­dium in Rot­ter­dam halved to 26,000 fol­low­ing UEFA sanc­tions for crowd trou­ble against Roma ear­lier this year.

United fans, whose ticket al­lo­ca­tion has been slashed to 1,400, have been ad­vised by the club not to wear United colours and avoid ar­eas of po­ten­tial con­flict.

Feyeno­ord man­ager Gio­vanni Van Bron­ck­horst said: “I’m con­fi­dent that – in spite of the mea­sures the club has to take – an at­mos­phere will be cre­ated again at De Kuip to en­sure we, as a team, are able to per­form at our very best in our home matches.”

For­mer United and Feyeno­ord striker Robin van Per­sie is set to play both clubs as his Fener­bahce side are also in Group A with the Turk­ish side tak­ing on Zo­rya Luhansk of Ukraine in their opener.

Van Per­sie won the com­pe­ti­tion with boy­hood club Feyeno­ord in 2002.

Span­ish clubs have won six of the last 10 Europa League ti­tles with Sevilla, the reign­ing three-time cham­pi­ons, now play­ing in the elite Cham­pi­ons League.

Of the fi­nal­ists in the Europa League over the last decade eight are from Spain, who this sea­son will be rep­re­sented by Ath­letic Bil­bao, Celta Vigo and Vil­lar­real.

Celta, strug­gling from five suc­ces­sive La Liga losses, travel to Stan­dard Liege in Group G, which also in­cludes Dutch giants Ajax and Greek club Panathi­naikos.

Ath­letic Bil­bao travel to Ital­ian side Sas­suolo in Group F, which in­cludes Rapid Vi­enna and KRC Genk. Vil­lar­real host FC Zurich in Group L.

Eng­land’s sec­ond rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Southamp­ton, host Czech club Sparta Prague in Group K look­ing for their first win un­der new boss Claude Puel, with In­ter Mi­lan, three times win­ners, host­ing Is­raeli club Hapoel Be’er Sheva. – AFP

Alexis Sanchez (ob­scured) scores Arse­nal’s equaliser dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Cham­pi­ons League Group A match against Paris Saint-Ger­main at the Parc des Princes sta­dium. – REUTERSPIX

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