Jose Mourinho says 'impossible' situation led to Manchester United's Europa League focus

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Jose Mourinho's injury crisis dissipated a bit in the last week after Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata returned for Manchester United's 0-2 loss to Arsenal which will give the manager more options going into their Europa League semi-finals second-leg against Celta Vigo on Thursday (11 May).

Mourinho has given up on United's hopes of securing Champions League qualification via the league and fielded a weakened team in last Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

With a 1-0 lead from the first leg at Balaidos, United have one foot in the Europa League final. "My feelings, it's also the most important match of our history". When we lost these players in a period of 17 matches in seven week, it was the impossible job. "It has been a long journey - match number 14 in the Europa League - and we want to win". "I really don't believe".

In addition, the Red Devils' boss criticised the Old Trafford atmosphere, claiming fans have been too inconsistent in their support.

"We are going to prove tomorrow what we've been for the whole season which is to fight hard in match No 14 in the Europa League in order to reach the final".

"The situation is simple; 17 matches in seven weeks with 16 players is impossible". It was not a gamble, it was a simple decision based on common sense.

"We are giving everything we can, the players, myself, everyone".

So hopefully tomorrow they have this feeling it's a semi-final second leg and more important than a quarter-final second leg.

Rooney committed his future to United in February amid interest from Chinese clubs, while Everton manager Ronald Koeman has also stated he would be keen to sign the England worldwide.

Yet Ince felt Mourinho had taken an unacceptable risk, with United now four points behind local rivals Manchester City with three Premier League games remaining.

"I've tried to help the team off the pitch, on the pitch and tried to help us win."I haven't thrown my toys out of the pram, I haven't made a big fuss of it".

Asked for his opinion on the matter, Gilberto said: "I want him to stay". He's certainly got the respect of the players and everyone in football because he's been so successful. They will face Ajax at the Friends Arena, with the Dutch giants overcoming Lyon 5-4 on aggregate.