Cape Town - Manchester
United defender Eric Bailly has called on the club's faithful
supporters to come out in full when their team takes on Rostov in the
second leg of their last-16 clash in the Europa League.
Jose Mourinho's side drew the first leg in Russia 1-1, and while
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's away goal means United have control of the tie,
Bailly is fully aware of the challenge that awaits them on Thursday.
The Ivorian is no stranger to the latter stages of the Europa League -
he was in the Villarreal side that lost to Liverpool in the semi-finals
of last year's competition - and hopes to do one better this time
"As I've said before, this competition brings plenty of surprises in a
season so, first of all, we have to focus on getting through against
Rostov and then we can think a little further ahead after that," Bailly
"We always aim high in everything we do here. I managed to get to the
semi-finals last year but that wasn't enough. We didn't win the cup or
even get to the final itself so, for me now, it's all about taking
things a stage at a time.
"It's really important that we make the quarter-finals in this very
difficult competition. All the players are aware of how much it means to
make it through and so, when the day of the match comes around, we'll
be ready and prepared to ensure we start well.
"At Old Trafford, the fans are like the '12th player'."
Kick off is at 22:05.