Despite missing out on a place in the top four of the Premier League, Jose Mourinho has reiterated that the Europa League final will not determine the success or failure of Manchester United’s season.
“I understand that from the press’ point of view and your perspective that [the Europa League final] is the big headline,” Mourinho said to Sky Sports after Wednesday’s 0-0 Premier League draw at Southampton.
“I understand that we are in the final and to be back in the Champions League makes a whole difference for all of you and you analyse a team’s season.
“But I know what I gave and I know what the players gave. From our perspective we are not going to accept that one goal, one save, one post, something that is going to decide a final, is going to decide if we worked well or worked bad.
“I think we gave everything we could give, we fought against so many difficult circumstances and I’m proud of the boys no matter what.”