Mourinho Vows To Field Strong Side Vs Southampton, Pogba Out

Posted May 18, 2017

The four United signings made last summer after Jose Mourinho took over - Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - also stand to lose £9m under the same structure.

"I am happy, I am fine with what we had in terms of individual performances.

I don't want to field a team where people think we aren't fighting for the result - we are fighting for the result".

Defeat by Tottenham ended Mourinho's hopes of his team catching Manchester City for fourth, and qualification for the Champions League next season.

Michael Carrick's future could come down to Manchester United beating Ajax in the Europa League final next week. You know what we have been working on all season?

Over the course of the season, Wanyama has played 45 matches in all competitions for his team, including starting five consecutive Champions League encounters. "Other clubs finishing in the top four, probably they would like to be in our position, to try to fight for a title". "Because of my respect for [Tottenham], I didn't rest more people", said Mourinho, whose side visit Southampton on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old has played key role for Mourinho this season and the fact that he has been left out of Wednesday's game points to a potential final start in Stockholm.

The Red Devils will face Ajax in that competition's final in Stockholm on 25 May, with the victor admitted into the Champions League.

Southampton manager Claude Puel is likely to restore several of his first-team players after making a number of changes at Middlesbrough.

The defeat against Tottenham means United are now likely to finish sixth. Moreover, United were besieged with injury troubles and Mourinho made it clear that it was impossible to fight on two fronts with just 15 players.

"I am not upset because we had to make that decision", he explained.

Winning the Europa League would allow Mourinho to declare the campaign a success - and would give Mata a reason for cheer too.

"The last month or so we have been disappointed and we are hurting from that", said Evans.

"I don't think [he will be available]", he said.

"With two matches in hand that we had to play later".