Man United: Shaw out for season but injured teammates return

'Premier league? You're having a laugh' - Jose

A trip to Arsenal awaits on Sunday and Mourinho could rotate his side given the match comes between European semi-final clashes against Celta Vigo, with Europa League glory offering Champions League qualification and a place in the history books.

Defeat by United would extinguish any realistic chance Arsenal have of playing in next season's Champions League - snapping an ever-present sequence stretching back to 1997. "It is not one I want or the players but it is a competition where we are and that is the reality".

I don't want to win the Europa League.

"We can not speculate on any weakness of Manchester United".

"When we get that our team has been phenomenal but when we didn't get that the team was not so confident".

" We played well enough to have the result closed", the coach stressed.

"But I think one explanation why Mourinho is successful in bigger games generally is that he appears to demonstrate an understanding of the strengths of the opposition and the strengths of his own team, using that information to determine his tactics, philosophies and psychological approach going into such big games". It's an atmosphere where the people really love the club and they support the players very, very much.

Things looked to be getting a bit shaky in the second period with Sergio Romero been tested by Pione Sisto but Rashford made the difference with his excellent set piece, Mourinho stated his dissatisfaction with result but was quick to praise the efforts of his players.

"It's part and parcel of football", he said.

Mourinho had been asked after the Celta game whether that speculation had any influence on his decision, only for the United press officer to cut the question off.

The discussion highlights just how impressive Rashford has been at club level and the 19-year-old is sure to have a key role in United ending the season successfully.

Injury-hit United had also only won twice in 22 visits to Spain and knew they were in for a tough battle in Galicia. We are not going to Arsenal to say "beat us", or "beat us five or 6-0", we are going there to fight for a result.

"Last year, we scored three goals away against Atletico Madrid to go through (in the Copa del Rey) and their defence is very strong, and this year we won 2-1 at the Bernabeu and they are nearly in the Champions League final".

This time around, Mourinho has come up with some excuses prior to the match just in the (likely) chance that his battered United side are unable to cope with what we hope will be an inspired Arsenal squad at home. It's not finished, we won 1-0 in Spain and the team did a good job, but we'll have to be focused for the next game.

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