Mata eager for Man United to build momentum

Rachel Hardy
May 17, 2017

"I don't know the way the other clubs think; I don't know what is important for them", Mourinho said.

Things have gone awry in the Premier League, though, with a top-four finish already beyond them, meaning Champions League qualification rests squarely on beating Ajax next week.

The Premier League side, under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, face Ajax on 24 May, with the victor securing €6.5m (£5.6m) and a place in next season's Champions League - Europe's most lucrative club competition.

Not for the first time this season, Mourinho was left to praise the battling qualities of his players, who will play Ajax in the final in Stockholm on May 24 after the Dutch club ousted Lyon 5-4 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 3-1.

"I never, ever have had a situation like this and on top of that the accumulation of big injuries, not small, not the injuries that you say "okay, hamstring, two weeks".

Southampton have announced the creation of a new Under-21s women's team leaving Manchester United as the only Premier League club without one.

"I cannot go to Manchester City or Arsenal and put out five kids at the same time altogether". I can not lose 5-0 or 6-0. When people say 'we gambled, ' we didn't gamble, we didn't choose Europa League. But if everything goes normal and we have no problems, Sergio plays the final.

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"What I want from the players is a good attitude, positive attitude, positive approach, team spirit, an understanding that some guys have to sacrifice themselves for the sake of others", he said.

With two games remaining in the Premier League, Southampton are aiming to finish eighth and Puel hopes to build for next season by taking six points against United and Stoke. Pogba missed the game at Tottenham Hotspur due to the death of his father, making his involvement at Southampton doubtful.

"I'm not upset. We had to make that decision", he said.

Controlled by the American Glazer family, United have won the English league title a record 20 times but had slipped from their own lofty standards in recent seasons.

Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane had given Spurs a 2-0 lead before Wayne Rooney got a goal back for United.

After the celebration to mark 118 years at White Hart Lane fans helped themselves to souvenirs and Pochettino joked he feared he might not get anything for himself.

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