Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will be putting all his eggs in one basket when he seeks against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on Thursday to move a step closer to ensuring Champions League football for next season.
The second leg is on Thursday and with United then facing a taxing trip to second-placed Tottenham Hotspur three days later, Mourinho said his side's chances of qualifying for the Champions League via the league were over. "It's a massive opportunity for us to reach and win a European final".
"For Celta it is, in their words, the most important match of their history". My feeling is also the most important match of our history. What matters is the next one. "We still have a chance mathematically and we need some help as well from teams around us".
"And for this group of players, we have just a little group with European success, I think Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Young, this group of English boys with a long time in the club plus [Juan] Mata". United hasn't scored a goal in five away matches against teams in the top six this season, including the loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup. "I don't think it's consistent, the atmosphere and enthusiasm". "It will be very important for the club, very important for the players." . "It was because it was quarterfinal second leg".
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho once again had a bust-up with Arsene Wenger on Sunday, and he has now revealed what really happened.
Europe's secondary competition is the only major trophy to elude the Red Devils in their history and winning the trophy also represents their best avenue into next season's Champions League.
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It's pityful, and it's something United fans are not happy about, but Carragher explained that the reason for that is Mourinho's desire to nullify an opponent's threat if he feels the game could go either way.
"The situation is simple", Mourinho said. It was not a gamble.
"Seventeen matches with 16 players is completely impossible". When we lost these players in a period of 17 matches in seven weeks, it was the impossible job. So it was not a gamble. For myself and the players, Champions League is Champions League. Today, no problem - we shook hands before the game, we shook hands after the game.
The last few months have been hectic for Mourinho's men as they fought on a number of fronts for trophies, but those pursuits for silverware had a big effect on Mourinho's team selection.
"I see a difference between games".
Asked if Fifa's examination of Paul Pogba's transfer from Juventus to United will affect the midfielder, Mourinho said: "The answer is simple. No".