Jose Mourinho says titles take priority over top four at Manchester United

16 Mai, 2017, 13:04 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier

"You can't play two big competitions with 15 players", said Mourinho, who made eight changes to the team that had edged Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday.

However, after Sky presenter Geoff Shreeves asked Mourinho three questions about the game, the "Special One" decided it was time to leave because he has a Europa League final to focus on.

"I am not upset because we had to make that decision", Mourinho said. "At Manchester United, for us it's more important to win titles than to finish in the top four".

"So if we can win a third title, or as you like to say, a second title, if we can do that it would be magnificent for us".

That means their only hope of Champions League qualification rests with beating Ajax in Stockholm on May 24 - and Mourinho has rotated players in Premier League matches in recent weeks as he has plotted his way through the Europa League. Today, with a 2-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur, the final game at White Hart Lane, United were mathematically eliminated from top four finish contention.

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"We have played so many matches because we progressed to two finals and the last 16 in the FA Cup".

Mourinho added: "I can not go to Man City or Arsenal and put out five kids at the same time altogether".

"So its's very hard to organise the team, it's very hard for the boys to play this way and because of my respect to them I don't rest more people because you can not play against Arsenal, Man City or Southampton and play four or five players with four or five kids".

"We didn't chose Europa League, we had to do it because if I have Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rojo..." I can't stop thinking about what could have been... but that's life that's football, you win some you lose some. They played 90 minutes the ones that need to play and I rested a few people. I don't know the way they think. We had 2-1, we could have had 2-2 and I'm happy and I'm fine with what we had in terms of individual performances.

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