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Mourinho: Season not a failure if Man United lose final

Mourinho: Season not a failure if Man United lose final

With one eye on their Europa League final date in Stockholm, Mourinho admits he has had to be clever in the way he uses his squad.

United's defeat in the final game at Tottenham's White Hart Lane means they can not finish fourth.

"I think Mourinho has to play the team that will play in the Europa League final".

Should United win the Europa League and finish fourth or higher then only four teams will make the cut for the Champions League, with no extra spot being granted to a side potentially finishing below United.

"So if we can win a third title [including the Community Shield], or like you like to say a second title, if we can do that it would be magnificent for us because we know that it's a big objective. I don't know when we would be playing that game".

Jose Mourinho is adamant he had no other option but to play a weakened side against Tottenham as he feels Manchester United lack the strength in depth to fight in two competitions. There were no injuries and it's one less match to play because at this moment the Premier League matches for us are matches we don't want to play.

I never saw a bad face, I always saw them supporting each other.

"You know that in all of my career I was never out of European competitions in the group phases".

"I think you, the media, have the right to say (that) and I think it makes sense to say", he told reporters after United completed a 2-1 aggregate win over Celta Vigo in the semi-finals on Thursday.

"But, if everything goes normal and we have no problems, Sergio plays in the final".

Mourinho said that he is "fine" with the performances of his players in what was the last ever game at White Hart Lane having once again made a host of changes to his starting XI. I know what I had to do.

"We were talking a lot and I think we believe when the new stadium opens the doors it will help the club achieve the last level", Pochettino added.

United are sixth in the Premier League, 19 points behind Chelsea, with three matches left.

"We know it's not going to be easy".

"We have only one match to play and that's not in the Premier League".


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