Jose Mourinho might not be happy with Manchester United's pre-season plans

Phil Jones has stressed Manchester United have "no God-given right" to win Wednesday's Europa League final against Ajax and must approach the game in the correct manner.

With United due to face Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday, Mourinho made no attempt to hide his desire to keep his key players fresh for the Stockholm showpiece.

If Mourinho's side win they will claim their second trophy of the season, following the EFL Cup, as well as qualifying for the Champions League next season.

The Portuguese made a decision to heavily rotate the team ahead of Wednesday night's big showdown with Ajax in the UEFA Europa League final and it paid off as they ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Crystal Palace. "We have the final, we have to make sure we win, and then I have the [under-21s] Euros, and I come back for preseason and [have to] work hard and give everything, and we will see step by step".

"That's in a lot of people's minds", United defender Daley Blind said of the pressure of achieving Champions League qualification, "but, for us, the most important thing is to lift that trophy".

United have won the UEFA Champions League three times, European Cup Winners' Cup one time and European Super Cup once and winning the Europa League title will complete the set for the Red Devils. "We deserve to be in the final, now we have to show up and prove we are good enough and that's what we will do".

The French midfielder, who cost a reputed 105 million euros ($117.98 million) when he joined United last summer, was withdrawn just before half-time in United's final game of the season against Crystal Palace on Sunday. "Thank you. We tried", in what was the shortest press conference of the season without a doubt, the (un) importance of the match itself evident from the first whistle. "I was like 'I am actually doing this!' I said to myself, I want to get on the ball early and get as many touches as I can".

Blind told the Mirror: "I don't really know anything yet about my future".

"All my family were here, my friends", the youngster stated to the club's website. "I'm delighted they could share the moment with me". Rightly or wrongly, this is a defining game for him and the club.

Herrera had been one of the stars of the 3-2 win at Old Trafford in the first leg, leading Alex Ferguson to get Park Ji- Sung to man-mark him in the second leg, which he later said he understood as Ferguson's highest compliment.

  • Julie Sanders