Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said winning the UEFA Europa League would be an “amazing” end to the club’s campaign, ensuring the Red Devils of a place in next season’s Champions League.
The English powerhouses grinder out a 1-1 draw at home to Celta Vigo on Thursday evening to complete a 2-1 aggregate victory over their semi-final opponents, booking a final date opposite Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday, May 24.
Mourinho previously spoke down on the Europa League—which he referred to as the UEFA Cup—during his time as Chelsea manager, but the United chief took a different tone when speaking of Europe’s second-tier tournament following Thursday’s triumph:
“This season has been so difficult, so if we manage to win the Europa League it will be amazing. It means a chance to win a trophy and the opportunity to be back in the Champions League.”
Europa League Final Odds:
- Manchester United: 1/2 (1.50)
- Ajax: 13/8 (2.63)