It’s been a good couple of weeks for Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. In his team’s last three Premier League games they have produced impressive comeback victories, before beating arch rivals Liverpool 2-1 last weekend to increase their stranglehold on second place in the Premier League.
United’s Portuguese manager has been at Old Trafford for close to two years now, and he has revealed which game he thinks has was the most important since his reign began.
“I think the Europa League final was internationally our most important match in the last years because we won the competition and that victory brought us to Manchester United’s natural habitat, which is the Champions League,”
“I think Manchester United has to be a team of the Champions League, so that victory last season was very important for us because we finished outside the top four in the Premier League and, by winning the Europa League, we won a title and at the same time, we went back to the Champions League.” Mourinho said.
United of course beat Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final in Stockholm last May to qualify for the Champions League this season, having finished in a disappointing sixth place in the Premier League.
The Red Devils face Sevilla in the second leg of their last 16 UCL tie tonight, knowing that a victory will see them progress to the quarter-final of Europe’s most prestigious competition.
Then this weekend they face Brighton at home in the quarter-final of the FA Cup, in what is probably the club’s most realistic chance of winning silverware this season.