Opposition View: Manchester United

By SFC Media Wed 17 May Saints vs Man Utd
Photo by Reuters | Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has called for his players to show a good attitude in the final two Premier League games of the season.

United can no longer obtain a place in the UEFA Champions League through their league position and Mourinho has spoken openly about a desire to keep players fresh for their UEFA Europa League final against Ajax.

He said: "Team spirit, empathy and the fantastic attitude that everybody has is not one more victory, one more point, one more defeat that is going to change something. A final is a final and we have to go to the final with everything like Ajax does because they have finished the season and they do not any more football until then.

"What I want for the players is a good attitude, is a positive attitude, a positive approach, is team spirit, is understanding that some guys they have to sacrifice themselves for the good of others."

Defender Chris Smalling has also called upon his teammates to build crucial momentum in the final two games.

Smalling told manutd.com: “The beauty of having these two games, with the preparation we’ve got, means we can go into the final firing on all cylinders and with everyone completely up to speed. We’re ready for everything.

"I don’t think it’s a case of taking it easy in the Premier League. You can’t shy away from the final but, in the same respect, in training and during games, we’ll want to make an impression on the manager. “

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