Jose Mourinho says 'impossible' situation led to Manchester United's Europa League focus

Sandy Mccarthy
May 19, 2017

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is "desperate" to end the season with Europa League glory.

Jose Mourinho says that he had no choice but to give up on finishing fourth in the Premier League, because of the strain of playing in the Europa League.

Mourinho instead put all his eggs into the Europa League basket, with his side taking a 1-0 advantage back to Old Trafford from Vigo last week, and he explained it as "the difference between 4th, 5th, 6th, the difference is just to qualify for the Champions League but no trophy, no title, no honour, no prestige, nothing at all".

The victor of the Europa League earns a place in next season's Champions League, increasing its significance for a United side that has only played in Europe's top competition for one of the last three seasons.

"We're aiming to get into a European final, it'll be very important to fight for the only trophy that the club has never won before, and for this group of players".

The likes of Pogba, Daley Blind and Eric Bailly, who were unused substitutes at the Emirates Stadium, and Marcus Rashford, the match-winner in leg one who came off the bench on Sunday, are expected to return to the first XI. It's a great opportunity.

"After that we lost boys that could be alternatives: Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah".

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"There's nothing else that matters".

Mourinho has played weakened teams in recent Premier League matches, despite United still being in with a chance of a top-four finish and gaining Champions League qualification via that route. "He's won everywhere he's been, so that's nearly enough". I haven't thrown my toys out of the pram but I'm a football player and I want to play football.

"However he's done that, you've got to look and learn from it. We have just to focus on where we are and nobody has more motivation than I have to try and win tomorrow".

"He's leading it, he's the manager, he's guiding us through and guiding the club through", he said.

"There've been a lot of positive things to take from this season: the consistency of the team, the general performance".

"Since the end of the match at the Balaidos, we have been working hard to improve the 90 minutes that lie ahead of us".

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