Jose Mourinho Looks To Europa League Final After Tottenham Hotspur Defeat


United's last hope of qualifying for the Champions League is by winning their final against Ajax after a four-match winless league run has left them sixth and seven points adrift of Manchester City in fourth.

United suffered a 2-1 loss against Tottenham on Sunday to mathematically confirm that the Red Devils would finish outside the top four for a third time in four seasons.

JOSE MOURINHO sensationally claimed Manchester United could not be bothered with the Premier League before storming out of an interview.

"When people say we gambled by going to the Europa League [to secure Champions League qualification], we didn't gamble".

Mourinho rested key players again yesterday, just as he did when United lost 2-0 at Arsenal last Sunday.

"I want to think about the final I have to win", Mourinho replied.

"A final is a final and we have to go to the final with everything like Ajax does because they have finished the season and they do not have any more football to play until the final".

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"But to finish the season with four matches away from home, Arsenal, Tottenham, Man City". In the League Cup I normally go far. I can not go to Man City or to Arsenal and put five kids at the same time all together.

"[Martial] didn't play against Celta because the options were different but he is fine and he is one of the guys that it is very important for him to play 90 minutes". I can not lose 5-0 or 6-0.

"With two matches in hand that we had to play later".

It seemed only right that Spurs would finish their tenure at the Lane with a victory, with goals from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane cancelling out Wayne Rooney's consolation but Mourinho insisted that he hasn't gambled their league status for European glory.

"I analyse the individual performances of the players, try to understand who can give me a little bit more for the final".

"I have to build some teams with the minimum of conditions to fight for a result", Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. I don't want to see it now, maybe tomorrow, but even if it was unfair, I don't think the UEFA rules will allow any chance of an appeal.