De Marcos delivers United warning

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Athletic Bilbao are in a 'great position' to knock Manchester United out of the Europa League tomorrow, according to Spanish utility man Oscar de Marcos.

The 22-year-old, who plays primarily as a midfielder, scored the La Liga side's second goal in last week's 3-2 victory at Old Trafford, before conceding a late penalty which gifted the English giants a way back into the tie.

Despite the setback, De Marcos is confident of progression and has pointed to the philosophy instilled by manager Marcelo Bielsa as the reason why Bilbao can get past the Red Devils.

"The coach is putting it in our heads that nobody is better than us, that we can compete with any team and we did that against one of the best teams in the world," he told the Daily Mirror.

"The key thing [in the first leg] was we had the ball the whole game. It's our philosophy, as the manager has taught us, to keep the ball and thanks to this we created a lot of chances."

Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping for a positive reaction from his Manchester United players in tomorrow's clash at San Mames, but is under no illusions how tough a task it will be to come from behind and advance to the quarter-finals.

De Marcos insists the tie is by no means over, and says he and his teammates will be doing everything they can to get past their Premier League counterparts.

"It's clear 3-2 keeps them in it more, and unfortunately it was my handball," he added. "It was a shame after all the work the team put in, but we have to be happy with the result.

"Before we came, everyone would have taken a win at the Theatre of Dreams and we know we are in a great position."

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