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Mourinho: We Don't Want League Games

Mourinho: We Don't Want League Games

English Premier League soccer club Manchester United raised its full-year revenue and profit forecast for 2016-17 as it prepares for the Europa League final next week.

But United could still qualify for Europe's elite club competition next season they can beat Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm on May 24.

Mourinho was speaking with Geoff Shreeves following United's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane, which ensured the club can finish only fifth at best this season. "Of course, we would like to win for Marcos [Rojo] and for Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] because they are injured and we hope it will have a lot of power for their comeback". We know that if we lose the final we won't play in the Champions League next season.

"Other clubs fighting for the top four would like to be in our position".

"We, Manchester United, for us it is more important to win titles than to finish top four".

With Mourinho prioritising the Europa League campaign, he has fielded weakened teams in United's last two league games - the defeat at Spurs and a 2-0 loss at Arsenal.

United made eight alterations to their starting line-up from the team that edged into the Europa League final against Celta Vigo on Thursday, with Eric Bailly, Daley Blind and Jesse Lingard the only players to keep their place.

Man Utd goalkeeper David De Gea could reportedly be denied the opportunity to play in the last Premier League game of the season at Old Trafford. "I want to think about the final I have to play", he said before walking out of the interview room. I can not lose 5-0 or 6-0. We lost 2-1 [at Spurs] and we fought for the result. "And we played in a positive way, especially in the second half when we brought a little more quality into the team". So I am happy with the situation today. It was compulsory. The ones that needed to play 90 mins got to play, we got no injuries.

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


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