Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he would prefer to win the Europa League than finish fourth in the Premier League.
United are up to fifth for the first time since September following Sunday’ s 3-1 win at Middlesbrough, but now that the Reds there is a growing feeling among the fans that Mourinho’s men can go all the way to the final on 24 May, with chants of “Follow, follow, follow, ‘cos United are going to Stockholm” ringing around the away end on Teesside.
And the United boss believes winning another trophy has added value to finishing fourth in the top flight.
“We are going to fight for both,” he said.
“If I can choose, I will choose the Europa League than to finish fourth because it gives us the same – Champions League football. It is a trophy, it is prestige, it is Europe and it means playing a European Super Cup fixture next year.
“So if I could choose, I would choose the Europa League, but I can’t choose and we have the risk of not winning the Europa League.”
Mourinho realises the importance of trying to finish in the top four in case United fail to win the Europa League, but accepts it will be hard due to the Reds’ rivals having only the Premier League to focus on.
“Because of the risk and for now we have Anderlecht [in the quarter-finals], but if we progress we have more and more risks and we may not win the Europa League, so we have to put everything also into the Premier League and try to finish fourth,” he continued.