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Jose Mourinho walks out of post-match interview

Jose Mourinho walks out of post-match interview

Jose Mourinho has insisted winning the Europa League is a much greater achievement than finishing in the top four, four years after insisting he did not "want my players to feel the Europa League is our competition".

The Red Devils will face Ajax in that competition's final in Stockholm on 25 May, with the victor admitted into the Champions League.

The Special One saw a weakened side beaten 2-1 by Tottenham to end their hopes of a top-four finish.

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

Paul Pogba will not be back for Manchester United's Premier League contest against Southampton on Wednesday, but Jose Mourinho will resist the temptation to play the "kids".

"The final means an opportunity to win a trophy, to be back in the Champions League, and to end the season in the ideal way because it is the last match of the season".

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Mourinho has indicated he knows the players he will rest in the remaining league games to keep them fresh for the showdown with Ajax.

But they have two more league games before that, with tomorrow's long trip to Southampton followed by a home game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

He joked it would have been even worse had referee Michael Oliver not sent off Ander Herrera in March's FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea - an incident he blamed for United's 1-0 defeat.

"I think you, the media, have the right to say (that) and I think it makes sense to say", he told reporters after United completed a 2-1 aggregate win over Celta Vigo in the semi-finals on Thursday. You can't let players go two weeks without a game before a cup final like that.

On Sunday, United still fielded a team that included the likes of Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Michael Carrick. You can't shy away from the final but, in the same respect, in training and during games, we'll want to make an impression on the manager.

"We have three league matches to play". So it's difficult, difficult, but we know what we are doing. I know what I had to do. I think the referee was very good.


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