Mourinho: Europa semi is United's 'most important' match

Hazel Gray
May 11, 2017

Arsenal kept their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League and subsequent Champions League qualification alive with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United yesterday, closing the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool as a result.

Although the club have won 20 domestic titles and the European Cup/Champions League three times, Mourinho claims Thursday's match in the second-tier Europa League is more important than any the club have ever played.

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United and Phil Jones of Manchester United are dejected after Arsenal's second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on May 7, 2017 in London, England. "17 matches in seven weeks, with 16 players is impossible". "It's not a gamble, it was a simple decision, a decision based on common sense anda outcome of our situation".

"And during the game, I didn't like what I never like, he puts too much pressure on the fourth official all the time". It was not a gamble, but a effect of our situation. Tomorrow we will fight hard.

"But it doesn't matter what, no regrets, We are giving everything we can - the players, myself, everyone that works around. We are giving everything so when you give everything, no problem". Normal is win, lose, draw", "Do you think I enjoy the fact a big club like Arsenal is not winning trophies?

But Rooney said is keen to stay at Old Trafford.

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Meanwhile, Mourinho had a clear message for United's players if they fail to qualify for the Champions League: it will be a reality check and show precisely where the side's development is at the close of the Portuguese's first term in charge.

All of this depends on United finishing the job against Celta and then prevailing in a potentially tough final against, in all likelihood, a vibrant young Ajax Amsterdam side, who go to Olympique Lyonnais protecting a 4-1 lead in their semi. "I would love to (keep him) if I am the manager but we have to sit down together and see if he has a reasonably chance to play or not". That switch in focus has shown in their league form, as they have not won any of their last three league matches, including their loss to Arsenal on Sunday.

"The more I can play, the better for me and the more I feel I can help the team".

"Trophies make history. Not league positions".

At a news conference at Old Trafford on Wednesday, it was suggested to Mourinho that Celta Vigo's motivation to win might be greater because they are the smaller club.

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