Mourinho bemoans fixture congestion ahead of Saints clash

Mourinho bemoans fixture congestion ahead of Saints clash

Mourinho bemoans fixture congestion ahead of Saints clash

"What I want for the players is a good attitude, is a positive attitude, a positive approach, is team spirit, is understanding that some guys, they have to sacrifice themselves for the good of others".

After failing to qualify for the tournament in 2016-17 season, it means the Europa League final in Stockholm next week now takes on added importance.

Mourinho has been heavily critical of the fact that his side face Premier League games against Southampton tonight and Crystal Palace on Sunday ahead of next week's meeting with Ajax, while the Dutch club are free to focus on the final with their league campaign already over.

The defensive duo sustained respective knee and foot injuries while training with England in March and Mourinho criticised their mentality as they were unable to return for United's congested fixture list of nine games in April.

However, a section of supporters have grown increasingly frustrated with Puel's style of play and squad rotation this season, leading to speculation that the Saints could look elsewhere this summer. All the extra minutes logged by so many players led to numerous injuries, including season enders for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw.

Southampton manager Claude Puel made seven changes to his squad during their last game, and is likely to do the same for this game as well. And I went out at the last 16 stage once.

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"So I reach the semi-finals 10 times, so I go always to the end of the competitions".

"His second season will be very important to do that".

The Spaniard is also believed to have been left dispirited by the team's defence and poor displays in the defeats to Arsenal and Tottenham, both effectively dead rubber games after Mourinho gave up on the race for a top-four finish.

Manchester United has reported a loss for the first three months of the year as operating expenses soared.

United, whose best known players include Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney, said it expected to report full-year revenue of between 560 and 570 million pounds, better than its previous forecast of 530-540 million pounds. Throwing somebody with minimal game time this season into a European final may be seen as an overly radical managerial decision, but perhaps his intimate knowledge of this Ajax team - consisting of players he played with not so long ago - could come in handy.

"So this is a period in one week when I have to give one day off and now I give a day off to (Antonio) Valencia (against Tottenham)".

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