Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho SLAMS fixture list

Nervy Manchester United cling on as both teams see red

United's last hope of qualifying for the Champions League is by winning their final against Ajax after a four-match winless league run has left them sixth and seven points adrift of Manchester City in fourth.

He was on target for his side as they beat Manchester United 2-1 in their final match at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.

"Joel Pereira is fantastic and I am going to give him a chance to play in one of our three remaining (Premier League) matches", Mourinho said last week.

"Now it's time to play two good games to close the Premier League and reach the Europa League final in the best shape that we can", the Spanish midfielder wrote on his blog, published on the United website. I don't know when we would be playing that game'.

"If I only have 14 or 15 players, I can't do it". When people say we gambled - we didn't gamble.

Mourinho had pledged to keep selecting his side with an eye on the Europa League final against Ajax - something he has no qualms about focusing on given the club's thirst for trophies.

United can not finish below sixth this season, no matter what happens in their remaining three fixtures.

"These are examples of trying not to accumulate but people have to play, we don't have other players". We know that, but we fight for titles. Harry Kane doubled that on 48 minutes, before Wayne Rooney scored a consolation goal for United.

United are also more comfortable meeting with the £80,000 per week the 35-year-old takes home if the riches of the Champions League are filling their own coffers. "Because if I have (injured players) Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, Tim Fosu-Mensah, if I have these guys (available), I can rotate, I can go for every match", Mourinho told a postmatch news conference.

'But the guys who played 90 minutes I can not give one day off if I want them to play against Southampton and they need two recovering days. Marouane Fellaini, who completed a three-match ban in the 2-1 defeat to Spurs on Sunday, will start against Southampton and Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial and Juan Mata are all in line to play 90 minutes. "I don't want to think about next season - I want to think about the final we have to play in".

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