Titles more important than top four to Manchester United, says Mourinho

Antonio Conte

Carrick moved to Manchester United in 2006 from Tottenham Hotspur, and has had a glittering career at Old Trafford, winning five Premier League titles, one Champions League, last seasons FA Cup and two League Cups, including winning it this year.

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. But if I was on your side, in your chair, it makes (sense).

It comes as part of Mourinho's plans to play an entirely second-string team in that game as the Europa League final comes days later.

"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".

'Seeing Celta's trajectory in the Europa League, they definitely deserve respect for the second leg.

United will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Tim Fosu-Mensah for the Europa League final through injury, while Eric Bailly is suspended following his moment of madness on Thursday. It is impossible. We never had one occasion to rest, not even to train properly, so it was not a choice.

"It was so difficult, so hard for me this season, so if we manage to do that it will be fantastic".

"But the opponent was hard, the match was hard, the stadium was hard, so I cannot be happier with the players and their work". I can not lose 5-0 or 6-0.

"We know that if we lose the final we don't play Champions League".

"So it's hard but we know what we are doing and I don't know other clubs, I don't know the way they think, I don't know what is important for them".

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

And, with a youthful Ajax lying in wait in Stockholm on May 24, Hardy believes Mourinho's shrewd managerial approach will see United get their hands on the trophy, vindicating the Portuguese's decision to prioritise the competition.

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