Jose Mourinho explains his Manchester United team selection against Crystal Palace

And not for its famous manager, whose first year at United would be widely viewed as a failure.

Teenage striker Marcus Rashford was excellent in that game and has enjoyed a season where he has made clear steps forward in delivering on his undoubted potential.

"The focus has been on the Europa League in the last month".

The former England boss was, though, keen after the match to hail the club's "big achievement" in getting out of trouble.

Juan Mata believes Manchester United finally have the right manager in José Mourinho, with the Spain global hopeful a new era of success can be kick-started by winning the Europa League.

Their disappointing finish in the Premier League means that winning the Europa League this season is now their last chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Mourinho was hired past year to bring immediate success to United.

Commenting on the club's summer plans, United's executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, said: "The team has a good variety of games over the summer, playing in great stadiums and allowing a large number of our global family of fans to see live games across the world". One trophy and no Champions League would be a huge let-down.

Mourinho has appeared sullen and frustrated in his public appearances this season but Mata says he is different behind the scenes. But of course I'm a football player and I want to play football. I think the Europa League competition is for teams that go to the Europa League in the beginning, like us.

He entered a near-empty media room while the majority of journalists were watching the club's lap of honor for the final game of the season.

The game against Ajax will be United's 64th of the season.

Ibrahimovic said he feels "fixed and stronger" after surgery on the injury.

For Mourinho, there is also his own "brand" to consider. Rightly or wrongly, this is a defining game for him and the club.

"Now the situation is that we are playing in the Europa League and if we win it as I did a few years ago, it's a double bonus, as it's a trophy and a Champions League spot. Thinking only about Champions League is not enough".

After winning the FA Cup and League Cup, he now has his eyes on the one trophy United have never won, with another fallen European giant in Ajax standing in the way.

In soccer terms, another season in the energy-sapping Europa League is hardly ideal if United plans a genuine shot at the Premier League title.


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