Mou: Don't judge season on Europa final

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017

I don't think we can finish seventh or we can finish fourth, so fifth or sixth.

"But I don't feel like that".

"We can win a trophy and by winning that trophy we can play Champions League next season, so that's the game".

Manchester United's Eric Bailly could have his European ban extended after Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings over his red card against Celta Vigo.

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 securing their place in the Europa League final, United will end the season having played 64 games.

"We are not going to say that matches are not important matches".

"In the Premier League, we can only finish fifth or sixth, I think".

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One player guaranteed to start in Stockholm, if fit, is Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

United have not shot up the league under Mourinho but the performances have boosted fans worn down by his predecessor Louis van Gaal's prosaic style and starved of the success they had grown used to under Sir Alex Ferguson. "I never saw, in all my career, two goalkeepers be such friends", he said after Thursday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, which saw United scrape into the final to face Ajax.

Speaking to the media on Friday, Mourinho commented, "I think it's fair Sergio is going to play in the final and David accepts that, especially because (De Gea) has played three Europa League matches (group stage) already".

"They are friends and they support each other all the time".

Sergio Romero is set to start for United in the Europa League final, with Mourinho saying there was "no dilemma" in sticking with the Argentina goalkeeper in favour of regular first-choice David de Gea. I never saw a bad face, I always saw them supporting each other.

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