Mourinho: Manchester United lack strength in depth to fight in two competitions

Taylor Byrd
May 17, 2017

He also insisted that he was not upset at missing out on a top-four finish and took a fresh swipe at his rivals by saying that they would rather still be fighting for a third trophy this season - like United.

Manchester United's defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday meant that they can now mathematically not make the top four, leaving the Europa League as the only way they can qualify for the Champions League.

Mourinho was charged with turning things around last summer and United will next week look to add the Europa League to their EFL Cup and Community Shield successes.

"It does and I think today was another game where we wanted to do that as players", Rooney told BBC Sport post-match.

"For us, it's more important to win titles than to finish [in the] top four".

"A final is a final and we have to go to the final with everything like Ajax does, because they have finished their season and they do not have any more football to play until the final", he said.

That poor run of form has seen them drop to sixth in the table and they are now certain to finish outside the top four. Moreover, United were besieged with injury troubles and Mourinho made it clear that it was impossible to fight on two fronts with just 15 players.

The 32-year-old, who made only 18 Premier League appearances for the Manchester club, believes that Mourinho was not the only person responsible for the way he was treated at the club.

"I think the manager stressed it, and the players know deep down that each game is having an influence on him".

"When people say we gambled, we didn't gamble, we didn't choose the Europa League - we had to do it".

"So we have lots of changes in relation to the last match and in the next match we will have a lot of changes in relation to this match".

"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.

Mourinho hit back at those who said he gambled on the Europa League, and put all their eggs in one basket. "We haven't shown that but next season we will definitely rectify that".

"We wanted to win the game, we went out and tried to win the game".

Emotions were high in N17 as Spurs' 118-year association with the Lane was brought to an end, with Maurcio Pochettino's men taking up a tenancy at Wembley Stadium next season while work on the new stadium continues.

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