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

16 May 2017, 09:34 | Simon Arnold

Man Utd to face Ajax in Europa League final

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho celebrates after the UEFA Europa League semi-final second-leg football match between Manchester United and Celta Vigo at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester north-west England

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.

"When people say we gambled by going to Europa League, we did not gamble", Mourinho told Sky Sports. Further, it's worth noting that Sergio Romero is set to keep his place in that clash with Ajax in Stockholm too and so the picture looks pretty bleak for De Gea.

The 26-year-old has been a key figure for the Red Devils since his arrival seven years ago from Atletico Madrid, and it will naturally be a major blow to see him leave this summer, if he does indeed opt for a switch to the Bernabeu.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho accepts the club's season will be judged a failure if they do not beat Ajax in the Europa League final on May 24.

Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly have all been named in the Europa League Team of the Week for their performances in Manchester United's 1-0 win over Celta Vigo. At the moment, the Premier League matches are the ones we do not want to play.

"No dilemma", said Mourinho.

"They are two fantastic goalkeepers".

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Stoke have won just one of their last ten games despite substitute Crouch's controversial goal . "We let ourselves down really". Yesterday it didn't look too good, but with him you never know.

"You can not play two big competitions with 15 players".

"You're speaking about the Argentina national goalkeeper and the Spain national goalkeeper".

"They are so friends and they support each other all the time". I never saw a bad face, I always saw them supporting each other.

"But if everything goes normal and we have no problems, Sergio plays the final".

Manchester United travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday knowing that it could be a surreal and emotional day for the opposition as they prepare to play their last ever match at the old White Hart Lane stadium.

"But even if it was unfair, I don't know, but even if it was unfair I don't think UEFA rules will allow any chance of an appeal, so I don't think he plays the final".

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