Mourinho: Europa League Final Shouldn't Define Me

Beth Cruz
May 15, 2017

"Their league finishes on Sunday and they will have 12 days to prepare for the final and we have three Premier League matches to play". I think the referee was very good.

"Celta were completely free of responsibility and gave us a very hard match". 'We didn't get the win, which is a disappointment, but I'm chuffed personally.

"For a club like Man United to win the League Cup and the Europa League, with the teams that are in it, you would expect them to do that", Keane told ITV Sport.

The United boss said: "He played all the eight matches of the knockout stages".

The next meeting between these two should be interesting, especially if any contentious decisions go against Man United over the course of the final. "I never saw, in all my career, two goalkeepers be such friends", he said after Thursday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, which saw United scrape into the final to face Ajax.

TOTTENHAM host Manchester United in the final game at White Hart Lane on Sunday, but some key players won't feature.

But while success in Europe's second-tier competition will complete United's collection of trophies, what motivates them above all is the place in next season's Champions League that Europa League success will yield.


Mourinho is fully focussed on achieving Champions League qualification by winning the Europa League.

Kasper Dolberg opened the scoring for Ajax in the semi-final second leg but Alexandre Lacazette's double just before halftime put Lyon ahead on the night and substitute Rachid Ghezzal added another goal for the hosts late on. In the Premier League we can only finish fifth or sixth. We, Manchester United, for us it is more important to win titles than to finish top four.

Mourinho had said, "The referee and the goal referee decide not to give it".

United will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Tim Fosu-Mensah for the Europa League final through injury, while Eric Bailly is suspended following his moment of madness yesterday morning.

With one piece of silverware already in the bag, a step up from anything Pep Guardiola has offered during his first season, securing Champions League football would mean that only Chelsea have had a more successful season.

We all cry but when the tears dry we get stronger! We go to Tottenham this weekend, away against Southampton and then at home on the last game [against Crystal Palace] and we want to win every game to be ready for the final.

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