Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says his team do not want to play in Premier League matches as they prepare for the Europa League final later this month.
Goals from Victory Wanyama and Harry Kane saw Tottenham earn a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane on Sunday to end United's hopes of finishing in the top four this season. That means their only hope of Champions League qualification rests with beating Ajax in Stockholm on May 24 - and Mourinho has rotated players in Premier League matches in recent weeks as he has plotted his way through the Europa League and he denied accusations that he has gambled by focusing on Europe, rather than domestic competition.
He said “When people say that we gamble by going for the Europa League, well we didn't gamble, 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. I am happy with the situation today. They played 90 minutes the ones that need to play and I rested a few people. There were no injuries and one less match to play because in this moment the Premier League for us is just matches we didn't want to play.”