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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he would rather win the Europa League this season than finish in the top 4.
United currently sit 5th in the league and are chasing Liverpool in 4th. They closed the gap yesterday after beating Middlesbrough before Liverpool could only manage a draw away at Manchester City.
However, they are also in the quarter finals of the Europa League, and will play Belgian side Anderlecht for a place in the next round.
Speaking after the win vs Middlesbrough yesterday, Jose admitted he would take cup success over a place in the top four.
Mourinho said: “[It’s a] big win because it keeps us alive in the fourth position race. It was very important to keep us alive.
“Do I prefer to finish fourth or win the Europa League? I prefer to win the Europa League because the Europa League gives us the same, gives us Champions League football, but gives us a trophy, gives us prestige, gives us a European Super Cup.
“So I would prefer [that]. But maybe we don’t win the Europa League, so we have to fight until we can to try to finish fourth. It’s what we did here without many players but with a great answer in terms of attitude and desire from all the boys.
“It is a massive victory for us.”
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10