Juan Mata speaks out on Jose Mourinho ahead of Europa League final

"So I say to myself, if I want to play every game for Manchester United, which is my dream, I have to do something else for the club and for the manager".

Mourinho's Manchester United must win the Europa League on Wednesday to qualify for next season's Champions League.

The France global is reported to be one of Jose Mourinho's top targets for the window as he looks to bolster his squad for next term in a bid to improve on a sixth place finish in the Premier League.

But Mourinho must pull together a line-up strong enough to secure the silverware and a Champions League spot.

"It's a defining moment in our season - we need to make sure we win".

'We'd watch the Champions League and we'd be wishing next season we are there.

"We know Champions League football is the end goal but we need to earn the right to be in that competition and that's by winning on Wednesday night".

Three wins from his three opening league games gave United supporters hope and there's no denying that Mourinho benefited from having a core group of players to work with over the summer.

The Spain worldwide added: "It could be an fantastic season and an wonderful start for the manager".

"It was an unbelievable feeling going out there in front of 75,000 people - the biggest crowd that a lot of our lads have played in front of".

The 20-year-old thanked his boss for the kind words and Sunday's opportunity, which he is determined to get on a far more regular basis moving forwards. Hopefully I can play more next season and be better. I feel privileged to play for Manchester United.

Yet Herrera found himself playing the role of destroyer in United's 2-0 win over Chelsea in April, taking Eden Hazard out of the game to perfection as well as assisting Marcus Rashford's opener before scoring the second.

"I am always open to learning".

We will have.[Demetri] Mitchell, [Scott] McTominay, Josh Harrop, Matty Willock, [Angle] Gomes, Zachary [Dearnley].I think that's it. The Portuguese very briefly spoke to United's in-house channel MUTV after the game, saying: 'Don't ask me too many things because now I am in a final.

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. "I've always said that since I came here it has not been the greatest moment in the club's history", Mata said.

  • Julie Sanders