Manchester United v Ajax - how they measure up

"I think you, the media, have the right to say (that) and I think it makes sense to say", he told reporters after United completed a 2-1 aggregate win over Celta Vigo in the semi-finals on Thursday. Their league finishes on Sunday and they have 10 days to prepare. But I don't feel like that. 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. But when you look back on it and analyse it, I think it'll confirm what I've thought about my team all season.

"I think when the result is 0-0 and such a penalty is not given it's a crucial moment of the game". United fights the Spurs in hopes of a top four finish on May 14 at 11:30 AM ET.

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. "We know it's a big objective, we know that if we lose the final we don't play Champions League, we know that", he said.

"The final means an opportunity to win a trophy, to be back in the Champions League, and to end the season in the ideal way because it is the last match of the season".

Victory in the final would also secure Champions League qualification and land Mourinho two trophies in his first season at Old Trafford following on from success in February's League Cup final.

Manchester United and Ajax have played each other four times competitively, with both claiming two wins apiece. We had a fantastic record of 25 matches [unbeaten].

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"It's so important for us, as Champions League qualification is nearly impossible through the league".

"The manager gave me one task: to stay with him [Alexis], and I seemed to do that quite well but again, we didn't win so it doesn't count as much".

Celta's Europa League commitments have had a striking impact on their league form, largely due to coach Eduardo Berizzo's determination to rest players.

"I'm not upset, because we had to make that decision".

"I have to give some minutes to everyone because we have only 15 players, we don't have more", added Mourinho this week, but the truth is that he has many more.

Ajax have just one more match of the Eredivisie season remaining. Especially because he played two Europa League matches, so if we win, he wins the trophy.

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