Pogba still unavailable but kids not an option for Mourinho


Ed Woodward believes Manchester United are making "tremendous progress" under Jose Mourinho despite missing out on a place in the Premier League's top four.

Late drama ensued after Facundo and United's Eric Bailly were sent off, reducing both the sides to 10 men, and the Red Devils just about survived the Spanish scare.

"I don't know the incident, I didn't see", Mourinho said. "I think he deserves another chance".

"I couldn't be more proud of my players".

Nobody can play two big competitions with 15 players, and that's what we had.

After the Chicago Fire resoundingly defeated the current Major League Soccer defending champion Seattle Sounders, the German icon was asked if he's been following United's progression through to the Europa League final in Stockholm on May 24th.

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.

"If we want to try and get some results and protect players, which matches to protect players?"

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"In the league, we set a new club Premier League record with 25 matches unbeaten within a single season".

In March, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli had the length of his suspension increased to three European club matches for his reckless tackle on Gent's Brecht Dejaegere in the Europa League. Players were in different positions, there was no concentration and no focus. I can not put four or five other kids all together in the fire; I can not do that to the kids.

That means their only hope of Champions League qualification rests with beating Ajax in Stockholm on May 24 - and Mourinho has rotated players in Premier League matches in recent weeks as he has plotted his way through the Europa League.

Net debt rose by £17.6 million to £366.3 million, which the club said was due to the strengthening United States dollar.

"What I want from the players is a good attitude, positive attitude, positive approach, team spirit, an understanding that some guys have to sacrifice themselves for the sake of others", he said.

"(Daley) Blind played today after 90 minutes on Thursday.

Pogba's absence probably doesn't change things too much for United, as it was quite likely he wouldn't start anyway.