Mourinho: Most important game in our history

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.

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.