June 27, 2017

Manchester United can't finish in Premier League top four after Spurs defeat

15 May 2017, 12:59 | Alberta Rodriguez

But Spurs had other ideas, as goals from Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane consigned the visitors to defeat in the final game at White Hart Lane.

"I am not upset because we had to make that decision".

"When people say we gambled by going to Europa League, we didn't gamble". We had to do it.

Manchester United are limping their way into this match, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Rojo, and James Wilson all out for the season, plus Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah unlikely to return before the campaign ends. It's as simple as that.

On reaching the Europa League final: "In the end, when the game was hard, when they were better than us and we were in trouble and not playing well, it was that mentality, that desire, that togetherness that made the boys fight until the end".

"We never had one occasion to rest, not even to train properly, so it was not a choice". So it was not a choice.

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If Manchester United wins the Europa League and finishes in the top four, England will enter four clubs into the Champions League. Shkodran Mustafi has said he hopes Arsenal have recovered from their blip in form in time to win a place in the top four.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said he was proud of the club's achievements this season, but now wants the club to "move on". "If you were fighting for the title, what a way to fight for the title", Mourinho said. "I put a foot out and to see it go in was special". I can not lose 5-0 or 6-0.

"It was hard to lift everyone to be ready again for Man United but we are okay now and focused". We won a Community Shield.

"It is fantastic to achieve second position", he told Sky Sports. "We know it's a big objective, we know that if we lose the final we don't play Champions League, we know that", he said. For us it's more important to win titles than to finish top four.

Manchester United take on Tottenham in the last ever game at White Hart Lane in its current format, in what is sure to be an emotional day for Spurs fans.

A brass band played as four of the 1961 Double team - Terry Dyson, Cliff Jones, Les Allen and Terry Medwin - provided a poignant reminder of the club's last English title-winning side although Jimmy Greaves, the club's record scorer was missing.

"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". United's decline has been mirrored by captain Wayne Rooney's diminishing influence on the team. However, with the title now just a dream for Tottenham, will their heads be in the game considering their Champions League place is already confirmed. If they win they will finish with three trophies, two major ones, as well as a spot in next season's Champions League, making what has been a hard season look significantly better. Actually for Tottenham chances to win 1 line 1 to 1000, nevertheless, in the forthcoming game "white" certainly will be put on full. "Tottenham played well but we could have done better".

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