Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he will always prefer winning trophies over finishing in the top four after a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur ended their slim hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via a league finish.
Mourinho has prioritised winning the Europa League ahead of his side’s domestic exploits in recent weeks, and the fifty-four year old insists ending the season with a title is always a major objective at Old Trafford.
The 54-year old also denied accusations that he has gambled by focusing on Europe, rather than domestic competition, stating that he had no choice but to focus on one competition due United’s crippling injury list.
The former Chelsea manager said, “Nobody can play two big competitions with 15 players and this is what we have at the time. We didn’t gamble. It was compulsory; what we did was compulsory. Options.”
United take on Southampton and Crystal Palace in their final two domestic games of the campaign before facing Ajax in the Europa League final on May 24.