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Jose Mourinho more focused on silverware than top-four finish

Jose Mourinho more focused on silverware than top-four finish”

Mourinho rejected the argument that United could lose momentum by fielding weakened teams in their last Premier League games. We had 2-1, we could have had 2-2 and I'm happy and I'm fine with what we had in terms of individual performances.

"I don't know the way the other clubs think, I don't know what is important for them", he said.

United are now sixth in the league table on 65 points, seven points adrift of fourth-placed team Manchester City.

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"I never, ever have had a situation like this and on top of that the accumulation of big injuries, not small, not the injuries that you say "okay, hamstring, two weeks".

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Though they will miss out on the top four, Jose Mourinho's side will want to put an end to their four-game winless league run.

"We lost against Arsenal 2-0, we fought for the result, we lost 2-1 [against Tottenham] and fought for the result".

"I told them exactly that", said Mourinho.

Commenting on the game, Mourinho described Sunday's game as "important" for preparing his players for their final games of the season.

"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".

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Mourinho says he is having to do "a la carte" preparation for his players, juggling rest, preparation and matches.

After Southampton, the Reds host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on the final day of the season next Sunday, before travelling to Stockholm for the Europa League final against Blind's former club Ajax on 24 May. I want to show I am a player you can trust'. Luck was in United's favour as they are also one step away from making it to the Champions League in the next season. "I don't know when we would be playing that game".

However, he will not go overboard and field a team of youngsters - as he wants to ensure his players are good enough to provide some competition.

Mourinho shrugged off any disappointment surrounding a probable sixth-place finish for his EFL Cup winners - United have not finished lower since David Moyes' shambolic tenure in the 2013-14 season. "Claude Puel is under a bit of pressure", Merson said. Because only that can help you win the Europa League!

"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.

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