Mourinho: Top four rivals would rather be in Manchester United's position

It means that the only chance United have of making Europe's elite competition next season will be through winning the Europa League, the final of which they will contest against Ajax next week.

"We've won the FA Community Shield and the EFL Cup, and obviously we're delighted to have reached the final of the Europa League, where we'll face Ajax in Stockholm next Wednesday.

But we fight for titles and other clubs in the top four, probably they would like to be in our position".

"So if we can win a third title, or like you like to say a second title, if we can do that it would be magnificent for us because we know that it's a big objective".

"But we fight for titles and probably other clubs finishing in the top four, probably they would like to be in our position to try and fight for the title".

But those determined to see Mourinho align with the club's values should admire the Portuguese's determination to deliver an actual trophy, rather than a top four trophy, to Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba will miss Manchester United's game at Southampton on Wednesday after being granted compassionate leave following the death of his father, manager Jose Mourinho has revealed.

"You know that in all of my career I was never (knocked) out of European competitions in the group phases and in the last 16 I was out only once".

"There were no injuries and one less match to play because in this moment the Premier League for us is just matches we didn't want to play". "When people say, "We gambled", we didn't gamble, we didn't choose Europa League".

"I make that a team (Tottenham) playing at the maximum of the potential with the players having motivation to win the last match at home". I never understood that very well.

"We wanted to win the game, we went out and tried to win the game. I want to think about the final I have to win", Mourinho replied.

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

Mourinho chose to rest Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford and Matteo Darmian, which led to his decision to play Eric Bailly at right-back and teenager Axel Tuanzebe in midfield.

  • Julie Sanders