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David De Gea Won't Play Europa League Final Confirms Jose Mourinho

David De Gea Won't Play Europa League Final Confirms Jose Mourinho

The Red Devils head to Sweden for a mouth-watering match against Ajax on May 24 after completing their final three Premier League fixtures.

Jose Mourinho saluted his Manchester United players for hanging on to reach the Europa League final on a night of high anxiety at Old Trafford.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Tim Fosu-Mensah miss both of United's remaining Premier League matches through injury, while Mourinho is expecting to be without Paul Pogba at Southampton after the midfielder's father died on Friday.

"So if we can win a third title, or as you like to say, a second title, if we can do that it would be magnificent".

He added, "These last five matches of the season, four very hard matches away from home and we managed with this situation at least to keep some balance, to fight for results and to give a positive image of dignity".

And Saunders thinks Mourinho is taking a risk putting all his eggs in the Europa League basket as he does not feel they will finish in the top four.

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




United are now sixth in the league table on 65 points, seven points adrift of fourth-placed team Manchester City.

Mourinho said trying to restore United to former glories, after three largely disappointing seasons following the retirement of Alex Ferguson, had involved significant unseen work behind the scenes. "After games he comes in on Monday and Tuesday and I'm sure he checks the running stats to make sure we are putting the effort in. When people say "we gambled", we didn't gamble", he said.

"But if I was on your side and you are always looking for this kind of capital-letters big headlines, I accept if you say that".

"I don't think [he will be available]", he said.

"And if we win the trophy, David wins the trophy because he played two matches against Feyenoord and against Fenerbahce". "It was special for their players and fans but for us it was another game at White Hart Lane", he said. "I think he deserves another chance".

Mourinho has rotated players in Premier League matches in recent weeks as he has plotted his way through the Europa League.


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