Jose Mourinho already has Europa League final squad in mind

Jose Mourinho believes clubs competing with Manchester United for spots in the Premier League's top four would relish being in the Red Devils' position.

Mourinho said his hands will continue to be tied with respect to team selection for United's last two games of the Premier League, against Southampton and Crystal Palace, as they were against Manchester City, Swansea, Arsenal and Tottenham.

"If we can win a third title - or as you like to say, a second title - that would be magnificent for us".

The Premier League side, under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, face Ajax on 24 May, with the victor securing €6.5m (£5.6m) and a place in next season's Champions League - Europe's most lucrative club competition.

And Mourinho said he had given players unscheduled days off to ensure they would be ready for the final.

"I never, ever have had a situation like this and on top of that the accumulation of big injuries, not small, not the injuries that you say "okay, hamstring, two weeks".

Paul Pogba is expected to miss Manchester United's Premier League clash with Southampton on Wednesday after being given compassionate leave to attend his father's funeral. "Because if I have (injured players) Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, Tim Fosu-Mensah, if I have these guys (available), I can rotate, I can go for every match", Mourinho told his post match news conference in north London today. I'm happy, I'm fine with what we had in terms of individual performances. "I can not do that to the kids".

"Even with the EFL (League) Cup and the Europa League, we are far better than that position".

United's encounter with Ajax will be their 64th game of the season - one more than Sir Alex Ferguson's team played during the 1998-99 Treble-winning campaign. So, no-one can hold anything back, we want to make the most of every day.

"We have left him completely free to be back when he thinks he's ready".

"We had an incredible season this year with the Regional Talent Club, and we're really conscious that we wanted to continue to support the players who are exiting that programme".

After scoring just 41 goals in the league this season, Southampton will focus on improving this part of their game, having scored fewer goals than Swansea City, who are near the foot of the table.

United captain Rooney agreed with Mourinho in that Tottenham had more motivation going into the game.

United said its participation in the second-tier tournament, in the current season, had proved financially positive.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the new stadium will lift the team to the next level.

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