Jose Mourinho deserves credit for Manchester United’s Europa League approach – Owen Hargreaves

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho deserves credit for playing his strongest team in the Europa League this season, says Owen Hargreaves.

The former Red Devils midfielder believes it is wise of Mourinho to use the competition to ensure Champions League qualification for next year, as it seems the club’s most realistic route.

United are struggling in their battle for a top four place at present as they lie in fifth in the Premier League table , while they face Celta Vigo in the first leg of their Europa semi-final tonight. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Hargreaves feels that, given the competitiveness of the league at present, Mourinho has done well to give it his all in the Europa League despite it not really being a competition the club want to be competing in.

‘When you think of Manchester United you think of Champions League football,’ the former England international told BT Sport.

‘Obviously this is a temporary thing in the Europa League but credit to Mourinho, he’s shown this competition real respect. Mourinho’s side are struggling in their hunt for […]

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