Jose Mourinho insists his first season at Manchester United will not be a failure in the event that they do not win the Europa League, even if he accepts that others might argue otherwise.
United scraped into the general of the contest after a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo at Previous Trafford on Thursday, a end result that secured a 2-1 combination victory within the semi-final.
Beating Ajax within the showpiece in Stockholm will see United finish the marketing campaign with triumphs within the Group Protect, EFL Cup and Europa League, in addition to incomes a position within the staff degree of subsequent season’s Champions League.
Alternatively, regardless of a 25-match unbeaten run within the Premier League, their inconsistent shape has left them 6th within the most sensible flight with 3 video games to play, whilst Thursday’s draw used to be their 11th at house in all competitions this time period – a collection of effects that has drawn a lot of grievance from fanatics and the media.
Defeat on Might 24 would additional discredit Mourinho’s efforts in his first yr within the north west, however the 54-year-old – who’s the primary United boss to win a primary trophy in his debut season – says he and the membership are content material after a yr by which he has “worked harder than ever”.
Requested if failing to win the Europa League would make the season a failure, he responded: “I feel, by means of you media, you could have the proper to mention it and I feel it is sensible.
“However I do not really feel like that. I do not want the avid gamers to really feel like that. I do not believe the board seems like that. As a result of we paintings very laborious. I most likely labored tougher than ever this season.
“So I do not believe that approach, but when I used to be for your aspect, to your chair… yeah [it’s fair]. We gained the EFL Cup, the Group Protect, till the wounds arrived we fought for the Premier League most sensible 4. We had a implausible document of 25 suits [unbeaten], we did issues that no one did at this membership within the first season, like profitable a trophy.
“You are always looking for this kind of capital letters, big headlines. I accept that you say that.”
When requested what the reason being for his want to paintings so laborious, he mentioned: “The avid gamers and the membership. Once in a while, you get into giant golf equipment in tough moments and the paintings is tougher than whilst you get to smaller golf equipment in a second of sure explosion.
“A very hard season. Some invisible work, at your eyes, but when I analyse my work, I know better than anyone what I had to do. But I accept at your eyes, it’s the football results that make that decision.”
United commute to Tottenham on Sunday and are anticipated to box a weakened aspect following their exploits in opposition to a spirited Celta aspect.
Mourinho made a selection of adjustments for the 2-Zero defeat to Arsenal remaining weekend and he plans to do the similar of their last 3 suits in opposition to Spurs, Southampton and Crystal Palace with a view to relaxation his key avid gamers up to conceivable.
“I have to give some minutes to everyone because we have only 15 players, we don’t have more,” he mentioned. “So I’ve to play them however I’ve to play them blended, during times. I wouldn’t have some other answer.
“Within the Premier League, we will be able to best end 5th or 6th, I feel. However we will be able to win a trophy and by means of profitable that trophy we will be able to play Champions League subsequent season, so that is the sport.
“However, like we did in opposition to Arsenal, we did not throw the event away, we attempted to win, we gave a tough event to our opponent, we had our possibilities to get a other end result and that’s the reason what we’re going to do.
“We do not need to say suits are not vital, however we now have one this is extra vital than the others.