David De Gea Won't Play Europa League Final Confirms Jose Mourinho

Posted May 17, 2017

The Red Devils secured their place in the Europa League final on Thursday night thanks to a nervy 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo at Old Trafford to wrap up a 2-1 aggregate win. Because we work very hard. We had a fantastic record of 25 matches.

United boss Jose Mourinho has already selected the goalkeeper to start ahead of final clash with Ajax as he has two world-class stoppers to choose from.

Asked whether the Ajax match was now pivotal in determining this season as a success or failure, the Portuguese said: "I think by you, by you media, you have the right to say (that)".

Having lost any possible chance of landing the top four spot earlier in the season, Manchester United shifted their focus to a competition we were not used to seeing them until previous year.

Paul Pogba will not be back for Manchester United's Premier League contest against Southampton on Wednesday, but Jose Mourinho will resist the temptation to play the "kids".

Marouane Fellaini serves the final game of his three-match ban while Luke Shaw, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are out for the season.

Reacting on their final opponents, Mourinho said: "First of all two monsters - the history of Manchester United and the history of Ajax is awesome".

"I agree my first season was hard here but after that I did well".

United can not finish below sixth this season, no matter what happens in their remaining three fixtures.

"If everything goes normal and there are no problems, Sergio plays the final". Manchester United have failed to score in their last two away league trips to White Hart Lane - in the Premier League era, they've only failed to score in three consecutive away games against an opponent twice - Everton (three games between August 2012 and April 2015) and Chelsea (four games between November 2003 and May 2007). I have to give some minutes to everyone because we have only 15 players, we don't have more, so I have to play them.

"So if we can win a third title, or like you like to say a second title, if we can do that it would be magnificent for us because we know that it's a big objective". We want to fight for the result, I don't want to field a team where people think we are not fighting for the result.