Mourinho confirms Romero to start over De Gea in Europa League final

Mourinho had said, "The referee and the goal referee decide not to give it".

Qualification for the Champions League and two trophies would have to be viewed as success of sorts for United, even if serial victor Keane suggests his old club should be aiming for more than success in what he views as second rate competitions.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young will all miss the final against Ajax with injuries, while Bailly is suspended after being sent off in the semifinal second leg against Celta Vigo on Thursday.

"They are now sixth in the league, I think they are 19 points behind Chelsea".

"It hurts, because we played an nearly flawless game but that first goal cost us dearly", said Lyon defender Maxwell Cornet. So it's hard but we know what we are doing and I don't know other clubs, I don't know the way they think, I don't know what is important for them. "But if I was on your side, in your chair, I think it is (fair)".

United's chances of finishing in the top four places, which guarantees Champions League football next season, look slim hence why Mourinho has placed a lot of emphasis on European football's second tier competition. "After 14 matches we are in the final".

Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United's board would not view the season as a failure if the Europa League is not claimed but the manager would understand if this was the judgment from outside the club. We had good things. "Finals are always fun, and the Europa League is a big, lovely competition". "Sometimes I go back home and I am down but I know I have the power to continue inside me".

Man United, Ajax advance to Europa League final
I told the players, do not panic, but it was a different game in the second half. "Call it a victory for football". We lacked defensive solidity in the first leg and we knew it would be hard after that.

Asked what had made it such a tough season, he replied: "The players and the club". I know what I had to do.

"You can see that the team is together, fights and is ready for it and we have to recover now physically and see how everybody is for Saturday and see do I need to make some changes". United started shakily, with Blind looking particularly uncertain, and there were early murmurs of concern around Old Trafford when Iago Aspas cut in from the right and obliged Sergio Romero to tip his rasping shot over.

Mourinho could end his first season at United with two trophies - he has already won the League Cup - and a place in the Champions League, which is guaranteed for the victor of the Europa League.

Indeed, with Arsenal four points clear in fifth and Everton unable to catch Mourinho's charges, sixth place looks nearly inevitable for a team that has occupied that position for nearly the entire campaign.

"You always have a little bit of rivalry, especially if you are both the same kind of level".

"We are speaking about the Argentina national goalkeeper and the Spain national goalkeeper". We never had one occasion to rest, not even to train properly, so it was not a choice. I never saw a bad face. "So I don't think he plays the final. And hopefully nobody will complain because we have a final three days later".

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