Prioritising Europa League not a gamble, says Mourinho

Jonathan Hernandez
May 18, 2017

But although United have gone 17 European home games without defeat, Celta have scored in all six of their Europa League away matches this season and Herrera says everyone in United red will have to be on their game.

Former United striker Michael Owen has been equally scathing of Mourinho's tactics in his first season at Old Trafford, as he suggested the club's fans may not tolerate such negativity for an extended period. I don't think the other ones (in the top four race), playing one match a week and being in a great situation, I don't think they are going to blow it. They played from the first minute until the last minute. I left Highbury they were crying, I left the Emirates, they were crying.

"Then two days later we play Southampton and two days later we play Crystal Palace and this is too much for us so I don't think we have any chance of finishing top four in the Premier League". I don't enjoy. But today I tried to win.

"It was the first time Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has beaten him in a competitive game, at the 16th attempt and after 13 years of trying".

And the United manager went one further in his post-match press conference, insisting that, in what appeared a clear dig at Wenger, he does not enjoy seeing the north Londoners fail to win big trophies. It's not normal. I really don't care about it. "Of course you want to play, you want to play every game", he said. They were walking the streets with heads low.

Manchester United claimed a 1-0 win in Spain last week to put them in the driving seat ahead of tomorrow's semi-final second-leg against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford.

"I see a difference between matches", Mourinho said.

Like Ferguson, Mourinho is a victor — capturing the League Cup in February and potentially the Europa League in two weeks is testament to that — but will Mourinho ever recreate the swashbuckling sides of the Ferguson era? We still need Liverpool and Manchester City to slip up but stranger things have happened.

"I'm personally desperate to get to the final and to try and win it", Carrick told UEFA's official website.

United rested the likes of Marcus Rashford, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Paul Pogba for the 2-0 defeat which all but ended their hopes of qualifying for next seasons Champions League via a fourth-placed finish.

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