Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Titles more important than top four to Manchester United, says Mourinho

Mourinho's side will secure qualification for next season's Champions League by winning the Europa League this season.

It's looking increasingly unlikely for them to qualify for next season's Champions League through a top four finish in the Premier League.

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

"You can not win a semi-final easily". At the moment, the Premier League matches are the ones we do not want to play.

"They are so friends and they support each other all the time".

It has not been an easy first season for Mourinho at Manchester United following his appointment as Louis van Gaal's permanent successor last summer.

Once again, he cited the complications of a lengthy injury list coinciding with a devilishly tough run of Premier League fixtures. But if I was on your side, in your chair, it makes (sense).

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"Because if I have Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Ibrahimovic, Tim Fosu-Mensah, if I had these guys I can rotate, I can go for every match".

"When I have 14, 15 players, I can't do it". It's as simple as that.

"But the opponent was hard, the match was hard, the stadium was hard, so I cannot be happier with the players and their work".

Mourinho accepts it could well be seen as a season-defining match, but believes the groundwork put in during this taxing first season means the campaign has been a success already.

"We never had one occasion to rest, not even to train properly, so it was not a choice".

"We have played a lot of games in a row; it has been a insane schedule but now we have to go to the final with everything and it can be a very good season".

Mourinho added: "I can not go to Man City or Arsenal and put out five kids at the same time altogether". I can not lose 5-0 or 6-0.

"If everything goes normal and we have no problems, Sergio plays the final".

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