Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Mourinho places all his chips on Europa League final

Mourinho places all his chips on Europa League final

"(The decision not to play me) was maybe made by someone else without him so I think after I trained and I played and you could see me and how I behave as a professional and he has a different opinion, so it was a little bit unfortunate.

Rooney made yet another start which he rewarded Mourinho's faith by grabbing the consolation and final goal at White Hart Lane, Mourinho has stated that he already has an idea of his team for the upcoming final and Rooney stated that the league matches against Southampton andCrystal Palace can be crucial to help players to be in contention for a start.

United are without a win in their last four Premier League matches, drawing with Swansea and Manchester City and losing to both Arsenal and Tottenham.

United's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday means they can no longer finish in the top four and leaves the Europa League final in Stockholm on May 24 as their last chance of securing Champions League qualification.

"I'm not upset, because we had to make that decision".

"Even with the EFL (League) Cup and the Europa League, we are far better than that position".

"I said 'OK, I accept it, but I still want to stay here and want to train".

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Manchester United go into the game aiming to finish their Premier League campaign on a high.

"We got to the cup final, with European experience (in the Europa League) and a decent league position, but we all want more than that". "So, if we can win a third title, that would be magnificent". I can go for every match.

We know if we lose the final, we don't play Champions League.

"We know that, but we fight for titles". I was then training with the first team and playing with the first team. If you want to try to get some results and protect players, which matches to protect players?

"That's what happens when you're successful", he told Sky Sports.

United captain Rooney agreed with Mourinho in that Tottenham had more motivation going into the game.

"I'm fine with what we had in terms of individual performances, the two goals were bad goals that we conceded, but the team was not used to each other".

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