Manchester United are one of the most consistent teams in Premier League this season as they managed to go unbeaten in 25 league games on a run. However, despite their consistency, their inability to grind out wins have hurt the club badly as they will now finish outside top four once again.
The Red Devils have suffered a 2-1 loss to Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday which ended their Champions League qualification chances through Premier League as they can now end at fifth if results go their way.
Manchester United are currently in the sixth position despite their incredible consistency and Jose Mourinho has revealed that their busy schedule is the reason why they could not finish in the top four.
“We never had one occasion to rest, not even to train properly, so it was not a choice [to play a weakened team against Spurs],” Mourinho said.
“We were pushed into that situation and even the draw [fixtures]… I never understood if it is a draw or if they put the data in the computer.
“But to finish the season with four matches away from home – Arsenal, Tottenham, Man City!
“If we were fighting for the title, what a way to fight for the title.”
Manchester United have fought for all the four potential titles throughout the season as they have won the EFL Cup and Community Shield already this season. They were beaten by Chelsea in FA Cup in a close contest at Stamford Bridge and are currently running for Europa League glory as they are set to face Ajax in finals at Stockholm on May 24.
“I don’t know other clubs, I don’t know the way they think, I don’t know what is important for them, but we, Manchester United, feel it is more important to win trophies than to finish in the top four,” Mourinho added.
“We know what we are doing and if we can win a third trophy [after the Community Shield and the EFL Cup] it would be magnificent for us because we know that it’s a big objective.
“We know that if we lose the final we won’t play in the Champions League next season. We know that, but we fight for trophies and probably other clubs finishing in the top four would like to be in our position to try and fight for the trophy.”
Manchester United will join the elite list of clubs if they manage to win Europa League this season as they will become only the fifth club ever to win all the three UEFA competitions till date joining the likes of Ajax, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.
The club can also finish fifth in the league if Arsenal slips up in the final two games as they are now clearly focused on Europa League final which could be their only way to get back into Champions League next season. Jose Mourinho will also become the first manager in Manchester United history to win both domestic competitions as well as European competition in his debut season.