Jose Mourinho sends message to Man United stars about Celta Vigo

Jose Mourinho says Celta Vigo's players will be far fresher than their Manchester United opponents on Thursday

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Hublot

Jose Mourinho has warned his Manchester United players that Celta Vigo will be fresher than them when they take on the Spanish side in the first leg of their crunch Europa League semi-final clash on Thursday night.

The Red Devils head into the clash fresh from the disappointment of dropping points in their Premier League following their 1-1 draw with Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester United are facing a struggle to finish in the top four this season, with the Red Devils currently fifth in the table heading into the final few games of the campaign.

It has been a hectic few weeks for Mourinho’s men, with the Red Devils having played nine games in April.

And the Portuguese coach believes that their opponents will be far fresher than them when they take on Celta Vigo on Thursday night in Spain.

Mourinho said in an interview with beINsports: “The fact that now they are not playing in La Liga is a big advantage for them. They are there but they are not playing, they only play Europa League. They rest players, they lose matches, they don’t care about it. They are 10th. For them to be 10th, 11th or ninth, is not a problem at all.

“The Europa League is their competition and it obviously makes it more difficult for us.

“But, one thing is for sure, they don’t want [it] more than us.”

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Manchester United then take on Arsenal in the Premier League at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

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