United finish their league campaign against Palace at Old Trafford before facing Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm next Wednesday, a game they must win to qualify for next season’s Champions League. It’s frustrating for me. I don’t lose time.
“I never saw any detail of trying to care about the English teams involved in European competitions”, he said.
“I think we gave everything we could give, we fought against so many hard circumstances and I’m proud of the boys no matter what”. I don’t see another one with everything he has. “We have to accept the way it is”.
Mourinho said that “Sunday will be a big day for the kids because lots of them are going to play“.
Mourinho is now guaranteed to finish his first United season with fewer league victories than either of his predecessors, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, mustered in the previous three seasons.
Filling in for the rested David de Gea, the Argentina goalkeeper tipped aside Manolo Gabbiadini’s sixth-minute spot-kick that was awarded for a handball against Eric Bailly even though video replays the contact was outside the area. “I think we did more than okay”, Mourinho said. They showed me that they want to be in the final, that they want to be an option. Tells (Wilfried) Zaha to go slow, leaves (Christian) Benteke at home.
“A final is a final and we have to go to the final with everything like Ajax does because they have finished the season and they do not have any more football to play until the final”. Southampton’s wait for a home goal moved past the six-hour mark, hardly a great statistic for under-pressure manager Claude Puel.
The game had little significance for either side, with United guaranteed to finish in sixth place and Southampton now in eighth place and unable to finish any higher.
“The big thing is to motivate yourself to do it now, because the relief at having got safe, and all the pressure they have been under, this sort of come down because of that pressure, we’ve got to make sure we build them up in the next couple of days and try and remind them (of its importance) for themselves”.