I've not gambled on Europa League - Mourinho

United look well set to progress to the Europa League final, where they will likely play Ajax, after winning 1-0 in Spain last week.

"They are now sixth in the league, I think they are 19 points behind Chelsea".

The United manager has called out United's fans previously this season, saying after a dour 2-0 win over Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-finals: "I need to be better, the players have to be better and the stadium has to be better".

Before Celta Vigo's visit to Old Trafford for the semi-final second leg on Thursday, Mourinho said his decision to rest key players in the league was a result of those circumstances.

Leicester City are expected to receive £66m in prize money following their run to the quarterfinals, while Manchester City banked £75.8m last season after making it to the semifinals for the first time in the club's history.

On Sunday this came to fruition on Sunday as Manchester United played a very weakened and defensive team at Arsenal. "I haven't made a big fuss of it", Rooney said. "I've been at this club 13 years", he said. "If we do that, I'm convinced that we can achieve what we want".

If Jose Mourinho has put all his eggs in the Europa League basket, then this is arguably Manchester United's most important match of the season. I'm really satisfied with my performance and the performance of the team, which is most important.

The Spain worldwide started against the Gunners despite a recent injury problem that looked like it could keep him out for the remainder of the season, and says he felt good.

"We're aiming to get into a European final, it'll be very important to fight for the only trophy that the club has never won before, and for this group of players".

"I see a difference between games".

"We are going to prove tomorrow what we've been for the whole season which is to fight hard in match No 14 in the Europa League in order to reach the final".

"After that we lost boys that could be alternatives: Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah".

Carrick, 35, is yet to agree a new contract at Old Trafford, and it is thought that the former England worldwide will depart the Red Devils on a free transfer at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

Jose Mourinho talks about the importance of adding the @EuropaLeague to the #MUFC trophy cabinet.

Mourinho, however, insisted that he was not thinking about the Champions League just yet, with two games standing between them and a return to Europe's elite.

  • Julie Sanders