Teams will not be happy to face Man Utd in last 16, says Mourinho after win


Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku netted his 13th goal of the season for Manchester United

Jose Mourinho says teams will not be “jumping with happiness” if they are drawn to face Manchester United in the Champions League knockout stage after his side beat CSKA Moscow to win their group.

United had to come from behind to secure their place in the last 16 of the competition – the first time they have progressed that far since David Moyes was in charge in 2014.

Victory at Old Trafford ensured Mourinho’s team finished above second-placed Basel in Group A with 15 points from their six games.

“I think it does not matter which team we get in the draw,” said the Portuguese manager.

“I am not the luckiest guy with draws so it is better I shut up and forget it because we only play in February. Until then I have to concentrate on the English competitions.

“I think that teams will not be jumping with happiness to play against us. I don’t think so.

“I am really happy because we don’t want to qualify with a defeat and we don’t want to qualify with a bad performance so the objective was to qualify playing well.”

The Russian side had taken the lead with a controversial goal on the stroke of half-time as Vitinho’s shot was diverted into the net by Alan Dzagoev. United’s defenders claimed he was offside, but replays suggested the officials made the right decision because Daley Blind – who had slid off the pitch – was deemed to be playing him onside.

Despite conceding, the hosts were on top throughout and could have gone in front within four minutes but Marcus Rashford scuffed a shot against the post following Romelu Lukaku’s through ball.

However, the United forward pair did score in quick succession in the second half to turn the match around.

Striker Lukaku stretched out a leg to poke home his 13th of the season from Paul Pogba’s pass on 64 minutes and Rashford stroked in just 66 seconds later.

Mixed return for Shaw

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw

Shaw had managed just 48 minutes this season, before completing 90 minutes against CSKA Moscow

Defender Luke Shaw has had little game time in this campaign, making two substitute appearances in the EFL Cup. But the Englishman was given his first start of the season and his 50th overall for the club since joining in 2014.

Mourinho had told Shaw to “change his football brain” in April and the former Southampton full-back showcased an impressive performance, looking assured at the back and sharp in possession.

He nearly grabbed his first senior goal but saw his volley at the back post pushed away by Igor Akinfeev’s sprawling save, while he was inches away from picking out Rashford following a clever sprint in behind the CSKA defence.

Shaw completed the full 90 minutes but was culpable for the away side’s opener, failing to track Mario Fernandes’ burst into the box. The right-back picked out Vitinho in the box, whose shot hit Dzagoev and ended up in the net.

Should CSKA’s goal have stood?

CSKA’s goal was awarded to Vitinho by Uefa, but the Brazilian’s shot seemed to be going wide before hitting the back of Dzagoev and into the net.

It looked as though the Russia international should have been flagged offside as he was standing in between United’s last defender Chris Smalling and goalkeeper Romero.

However, in the build-up, Blind had slid off the pitch as he attempted to block Fernandes’ cross.

According to the International Football Association Board law,