Mourinho: United 'don't want to play' Premier League games

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Speaking after United's 2-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday, which ended their top four hopes, Mourinho identified to the possibility of an continental title as a point of envy.

David De Gea and Eric Bailly are two regulars who may be rested ahead of the showpiece final on May 24, while Mourinho is also likely to rotate his attacking trio.

Jose Mourinho is adamant he had no other option but to play a weakened side against Tottenham as he feels Manchester United lack the strength in depth to fight in two competitions.

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"[Daley] Blind had to play 90 minutes but the next match is for Blind to rest and we have to go like this, step by step, to rest people", Mourinho said after the loss against Tottenham in the final game at White Hart Lane, as quoted on United's official site. We know that if we lose the final we won't play in the Champions League next season. "A final is a final and I played Ajax with Real Madrid all the six matches".

"There were no injuries and one less match to play because in this moment the Premier League for us is just matches we didn't want to play".

United don't have long to wait before returning to action with the Reds' next Premier League game on Wednesday night against Southampton at St. Mary's.

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With one eye on their Europa League final date in Stockholm, Mourinho admits he has had to be clever in the way he uses his squad. I don't want to field a team where people think we aren't fighting for the result - we are fighting for the result. I can go for every match.

"We know that, but we fight for titles".

"We can win a trophy and by winning that trophy we can play Champions League next season, so that's the game". After 2-0 we brought a bit more balance to the team because we put players in the right positions and we put midfielders in midfield and the team improved a lot. "The two goals are two very bad goals to concede, there was no concentration and no focus, but the team is not used to playing together and playing in different positions".

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