Manchester United Must Win Europa League To Attract Antoine Griezmann

Daley Blind

Daley Blind

United fell short of qualifying via a top-four Premier League finish - a 69-point haul leaving them sixth - meaning the Ajax clash assumes extra significance, a fact not lost on Mata.

Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, May 21.

The England defender said: "That's it in a nutshell, probably". "It's the last game of the season and we were given a chance to impress". "We'd be round the table together having something to eat and then the TV would be put on and we'd watch the Champions League", Mata said. "We didn't choose Europa League, we had to do it because if I have Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, if I have these guys, I can rotate".

"We've no God-given right to win the Europa League". We have a good relationship and I will always say nothing ever happened, we didn't have an argument or anything like that.

Manchester United fans were delighted with Paul Pogba's performance during their side's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday. Jones, 25, admitted there are some exhausted limbs but is calling for one last push to make it a season to remember.

"That's what I did and it helped me progress in the game".

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, MLS opposition in the United States and an encounter with Norwegian side Valerenga in Oslo are already in Man Utd's schedule.

"We would be disappointed if we weren't in every competition - that means we weren't successful".

"I think they really need my support, Nicky Butt's and supporters to understand hard job they have".

"That is what he is good at, speaking about how we can be ready".

But Mata reckons Mourinho has the mental strength to achieve his goal and a will to win comparable to all the greats.

He added: "He hates to lose". You can find a way or another way, then it can be a different approach and a different style, but the ultimate aim is to win. "Jose knows how to do this". We can make history for the club, so that's the only thing I have in my mind.

The press conference came moments after an interview with MUTV, the club's in-house media: When asked if he knew which team would feature in Stockholm, Mourinho batted the question away: "I know, but let me go".

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