Mourinho: Manchester United lack strength in depth to fight in two competitions

Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United's Premier League rivals would rather be in the Europa League final than scrapping over a top-four finish.

However, with the Europa League final coming up against Ajax, Mourinho says that United have prioritised winning titles instead of fighting for the top four, with the prize for the victor, a Champions League spot.

Former Liverpool striker Collymore added: "After six Premier League games, the rumour mill suggested he might be sacked, but he made a decisive change to a back three".

Mourinho says that the decision was made for him; he didn't consciously make it himself.

"When people say we gambled by going to Europa League, we did not gamble", Mourinho told Sky Sports. We had to do it.

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"When I spoke with our opponents' players and staff, they give congratulations about our players and our quality and all of this is a good response to the speculation". It's as simple as that.

"You cannot play two big competitions with 15 players". It is impossible. We never had one occasion to rest, not even to train properly, so it was not a choice.

To his critics, Mourinho said he did not know what was a priority for other clubs, but was clear what United are targeting.

"We know that, but we fight for titles". If you were fighting for the title, what a way to fight for the title.

United's lack of interest in the match can only help the hosts as they seek their 13th league victory of the season, and Puel will want his side to take advantage of the unique situation.

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Mourinho added: "I can not go to Man City or Arsenal and put out five kids at the same time altogether". I can't stop thinking about what could have been... but that's life that's football, you win some you lose some. So it's difficult, difficult, but we know what we are doing. "However, as I said after the game, I think they should be very proud of what they did".

Manchester United are now relying on Europa League glory as a route into next season's Champions League.

United were the sideshow on Sunday as Spurs bid farewell to White Hart Lane and rubber stamped second spot - their highest finish since 1963.

"I make that a team (Tottenham) playing at the maximum of the potential with the players having motivation to win the last match at home". Pogba missed the game at Tottenham Hotspur due to the death of his father, making his involvement at Southampton doubtful. On the other side, hosts have little more than just pride to play for as they look to grab a respectable place in the standings.

"If we want to try and get some results and protect players, which matches to protect players?"

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