Jose Mourinho says he is pleased with Manchester United’s opponents after Friday afternoon’s Europa League group-stage draw.
The Red Devils were pitted against former striker Robin van Persie and his Fenerbahce team-mates in Europa League Group A.
United, who finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season, were also pitted against Eredivisie side Feyenoord and Ukrainian outfit Zorya Luhansk.
Mourinho has won the Champions League on two previous occasions with Porto and Inter Milan, while the United boss also led the Portuguese side to Uefa Cup glory over Martin O’Neill’s Celtic side in 2003.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference at Carrington on Friday afternoon, Mourinho delivered his verdict on United’s Europa League Group A opponents ahead of Saturday evening’s clash against Hull City.
“There are groups in the Champions League that are very similar, so it is good for that,” Mourinho said.
“We know that it will be a difficult group, but I think that is a good thing. If you have teams without expression then even the fans may not enjoy nights at Old Trafford. It is good for the fans and for the players because it will help motivation.”
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United will face a Ukrainian side for the first time in their history when the Red Devils take on Zorya Luhansk.
The Red Devils will also be reunited with former striker Robin van Persie, who helped fire United to their most-recent Premier League success in 2013.
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