Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has labelled Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg clash against Celta Vigo as the biggest game in the club’s history.
With a top four finish looking more unlikely by the week, the Europa League represents Manchester United with their last chance of qualifying for the Champions League, something they have failed to do for two of the last four seasons.
Mourinho: I want more from Manchester United fans Jose Mourinho has demanded a cauldron-like atmosphere when Manchester United host Celta Vigo in their Europa League semi-final second leg. The United manager has called out United's fans previously this season, saying after a dour 2-0 win over Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-finals: "I need to be better, the players have to be better and the stadium has to be better." "I see a difference between games," Mourinho told a news conference. "I don't think the Old Trafford atmosphere is consistent. "Against Chelsea, they wanted to play from the first minute to the last. Against Anderlecht, it was not warm enough." #josemourinho #unitedfans
And, Mourinho, whose side carry a 1-0 first leg lead into the game at Old Trafford, said his team was not short of motivation.
“I think in terms of motivation, we are even,” Mourinho was quoted by Sky Sports.
“For Celta it is, in their words, the most important match of their history.
“And my feelings, it’s also the most important match of our history. It doesn’t matter what happened before, it doesn’t matter how big matches we played before,” said United’s Portuguese boss.
“What matters is the next one and the next one is [on Thursday], so I don’t believe Celta dreams more than us, that Celta wants more than us,” he said.
“I really don’t believe so in this aspect I don’t think there will be a difference between both teams,” said Mourinho.
Ajax Amsterdam are heavily favoured to overcome Lyon and qualify for the May 24 final in Sweden after winning their first leg 4-1.