Mourinho: De Gea Will Miss EL Final

But in the context of Man United reaching another European final after falling behind in the race for fourth in the Premier League, thereby keeping their chances to qualify for the Champions League alive, the lacklustre performance they delivered on Thursday should not be a worrying factor by any means.

He said: "I think it's fair Sergio is going to play in the final and David accepts that, especially because (De Gea) has played three Europa League matches (group stage) already". But I don't feel like that. We know we have to play to win the games, so let's keep the focus on the way we want to play and on our team spirit.

"I think when the result is 0-0 and such a penalty is not given it's a crucial moment of the game".

LYON Ajax withstood a brilliant comeback from Lyon to reach the Europa League final despite a 3-1 away defeat on Thursday. We have three matches in that time, ' he said.

Ajax meets Manchester United in the Europa League final on 24 May, at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. We know that if we lose the final we don't play Champions League. With Mourinho having publicly abandoned hope of a top-four finish in the Premier League, after his side fell four points off the Champions League berths, United's season would have effectively been over had they gone out. We miss a lot of players, also Marcos Rojo, Ibrahimovic, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, but it's a big challenge to win the trophy for these players.

Kasper Dolberg opened the scoring for Ajax in the semi-final second leg but Alexandre Lacazette's double just before halftime put Lyon ahead on the night and substitute Rachid Ghezzal added another goal for the hosts late on.

Indeed, with Arsenal four points clear in fifth and Everton unable to catch Mourinho's charges, sixth place looks nearly inevitable for a team that has occupied that position for nearly the entire campaign.

The Argentine worldwide has been restricted to Europa League fixtures, while Jose Mourinho has used David de Gea for the league games. Some kept control in better ways than others.

'The boys gave everything they had. It was very important for us, and it's always good if there is a possibility to win a trophy.

The Manchester United boss has also indicated that he could play a much weakened line-up against Crystal Palace on the last day of the Premier League campaign.

"Tonight we suffered, but we're in the final and we've fought hard to get there".

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