Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ander Herrera: Manchester United star says Champions League qualification all that matters

Ander Herrera: Manchester United star says Champions League qualification all that matters

Jose Mourinho has written off Manchester United's hopes of a top-four finish in the EPL after his side's 1-1 draw against Swansea at Old Trafford on April 30.

Thankfully for United the problem doesn't sound too serious but it remains to be seen whether Rashford will be risked at Arsenal with a huge Europa League second leg next Thursday to worry about. The Celestes are playing in their first ever major European semi-final, having fallen at the quarter-final juncture of the UEFA Cup in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

'It's the only competition that Manchester United have never won and it would be great to close that circle and say we are a club that won every single competition in the football world, ' he said.

Although United only trail fourth-placed City by one point, their final four games include trips to Arsenal and Tottenham.

Real Madrid look to advance, maintain unbeaten UCL run vs. Atletico Madrid
Zidane added, " Atletico will try everything but we are going to try to continue on our path, the one that has brought us here". ATLETICO MADRID will be praying for a miracle as they host Real Madrid in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final.

"It was a physical game in the air, with plenty of disputes for the second ball".

As pointed out by many in the time since the press conference, Mourinho's recent assessment of the importance of the Europa League is a far cry from what he was saying about the competition at the start of the season. Of course, it depends on the result, depends on the way we analyse the situation after the match. Although Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw will no play again this season, United have been boosted by the return to training of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Paul Pogba ahead of the match in Vigo.

Herrera has been a key man for Jose Mourinho this season.

In the other Europa League semi-final played last night, Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traore scored twice as Ajax beat Lyon 4-1 in Amsterdam to take a giant stride towards the final. Aspas first joined Celta aged eight and the Spain worldwide is the star of a team that boasts former Manchester City striker John Guidetti.

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