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Why Manchester United are guaranteed a Champions League group stage place if they win the Europa League

Why Manchester United are guaranteed a Champions League group stage place if they win the Europa League

With a place in Europe's premier club competition impossible through United's league position, Mourinho's side must beat Ajax in the Europa League final to guarantee they will be back in the Champions League.

Ferdinand told BT Sport: "It's really important which age [of player] they go in for [in the summer]".

When referring to the Europa League, Mourinho also stated that his team can not play "two big competitions" with "15 players". Luck was in United's favour as they are also one step away from making it to the Champions League in the next season.

With the Europa League final coming up he knows that is his priority, even ahead of Premier League games.

"I don't know the way the other clubs think, I don't know what is important for them", Mourinho barbed.

"So I don't think it is about results I think it is more about the condition to arrive in Stockholm in the best possible conditions to compete against a team that today plays their last match and has 10 days without football just to prepare the match".

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Although the team lost 1:2 to Tottenham in the Premier League yesterday, the Portuguese is pleased none of his players sustained injuries and nothing will hinder the big final, due in 2 weeks.

"I analyse the individual performances of the players", Mourinho said. I can not lose 5-0 or 6-0.

However, the club lifted its first title under its new coach Jose Mourinho, winning the League Cup in February by beating Southampton 3-2 at Wembley.

"After 2-0 we had to bring a bit more quality to the team, we brought more balance", Mourinho added. "When people say "we gambled", we didn't gamble", he said. There was nothing to regret, I am very happy with the performance of the players. It was compulsory. The ones that needed to play 90 mins got to play, we got no injuries.

"We are going to do this in this last week, these last three matches we are going to try not to accumulate too many minutes with any one of the players".

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