Sergio Romero happy to fight for his place at Manchester United

However, with the Europa League final coming up against Ajax, Mourinho says that United have prioritised winning titles instead of fighting for the top four, with the prize for the victor, a Champions League spot.

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".

"Guys that played 90 minutes I can not give a day off if I want them to play versus Southampton, they need two recovering days".

Manchester United go into the game aiming to finish their Premier League campaign on a high. "We know that, but we fight for trophies and probably other clubs finishing in the top four would like to be in our position to try and fight for the trophy", he added.

"Probably other clubs in the top four would like to be in our position, fighting for titles".

"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". "Joel is fantastic and I am going to give him a chance to play in the Premier League this season".

"Even the draw [for the fixtures], if it is a draw, I never understood well if it is a draw", Mourinho said.

"If I only have 14 or 15 players, I can't do it".

"I'm not upset, because we had to make that decision". It is not possible to do it every three days with the Europa League that is the competition with two more matches.

United put in an underwhelming performance at White Hart Lane, but Mourinho was nonetheless pleased with what he saw. Mourinho has opted to rotate his squad and dip into the reserves to ensure he keeps all his key players fit for the summit clash in Stockholm on 24 May. So I'm happy with the situation today.

Spurs ensured second spot with the win, thanks to goals from Wanyama and Kane, while Rooney scored for United.

  • Julie Sanders