Mourinho demands more from Manchester United fans

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"All on the Europa League", Mourinho said, piling the pressure on his players ahead of the second leg of a semifinal that United leads 1-0 against Celta Vigo on Thursday.

Manchester United lost 2-0 away at Arsenal, with Jose Mourinho claiming he fielded a weakened side with one eye on tomorrow's crucial Europa League clash against Celta Vigo.

Manchester United will receive nearly £40 million in Europa League prize money if they progress to the final in Stockholm on May 24 - a figure which would eclipse their earnings from last season's unsuccessful Champions League campaign.

"The situation is simple - 17 matches in seven weeks with 16 players is impossible". It was not a gamble, it was a simple decision.

"It was a decision based on common sense".

The Red Devils have no new injuries with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah out for the season. We still need Liverpool and Manchester City to slip up but stranger things have happened.

United have never won the Europa League or its predecessor, the UEFA Cup.

The second leg is at Old Trafford on Thursday and Mourinho has suggested the European competition, which offers a place in the Champions League for the victor, is his priority for the remainder of the season.

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Celta's Europa League commitments have had a striking impact on their league form, largely due to coach Eduardo Berizzo's determination to rest players. "When you give everything, no problem".

"Like today, we try to play for a result".

Speaking to the official club website after the game, Gibbs was eager to point out that the system played a massive part in the victory. I can't ask anymore from my players who haven't played a minute for several weeks.

Jose Mourinho, in a typically snobbish fashion, chose his words wisely post-match, as he patronizingly spoke in support of Arsenal fans who made their intent very clear at several points during the game - offering plenty of profanity and disdain. I can not demand more from players who don't play one minute of football in the past seven weeks.

"I have not thrown my toys out of the pram".

Wenger believes that Arsenal's season is gaining belated momentum after victories over Manchester City, Leicester City and now Man United.

"Because the league is so physically hard, maybe it is very hard to cope with both".

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