Mourinho to keep United fresh for final

Rosalie Stanley
May 15, 2017

Bad that Eric Bailly will miss the Europa League final, given that he's by far Manchester United's best defender.

Ajax resisted Ligue 1 side Lyon's 3-1 home win to bag an aggregate score at 5-4 on Thursday in France, while United built on their one-goal advantage in the first leg for a 2-1 aggregate against Celta Vigo in Manchester, reports Xinhua news agency. Their league finishes on Sunday and they have 10 days to prepare.

"I feel really, really sorry for them", said United manager Jose Mourinho, whose first reaction at fulltime was to console rival manager Eduardo Berizzo rather than celebrate with his players or United fans.

"But when I saw that he passed the ball, I didn't see that one of their players was there. and as the ball eventually went behind him, my soul returned to my body". So it's hard but we know what we are doing and I don't know other clubs, I don't know the way they think, I don't know what is important for them.

'I don't want to think about it, ' he said.

John Guidetti has had two days to process his horror miss against Manchester United in the Europa League.

The next meeting between these two should be interesting, especially if any contentious decisions go against Man United over the course of the final.

Ajax meets Manchester United in the Europa League final on 24 May, at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Mourinho is fully focussed on achieving Champions League qualification by winning the Europa League. I can't stop thinking about what could have been... but that's life that's football, you win some you lose some.

"But obviously, like we did against Arsenal, we didn't throw the match away". So fifth or sixth.

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.

'The boys gave everything they had.

"And because we go with everything on Thursday and we cannot go with everything against Tottenham".

But there is current form in our favour, with Stoke's only win in the last 9 games was against relegation candidates Hull City, and they have nothing left to play for.

"We won a League Cup".

The Manchester United boss has also indicated that he could play a much weakened line-up against Crystal Palace on the last day of the Premier League campaign. "If you want to try to get some results and protect players, which matches to protect players?"

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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