Gary Neville predicts where Man United will finish

The Manchester United legend felt that Jose Mourinho had prioritised the Europa League before Sunday's 2-0 loss to Arsenal

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Hublot

Gary Neville doesn’t expect Manchester United to finish in the Premier League’s top four as Jose Mourinho prioritises winning the Europa League.

The Red Devils were 1-0 winners against Celta Vigo in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final thanks to Marcus Rashford’s second-half winner.

Manchester United made the long trip to the English capital to take on their top-four rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Mourinho’s side had the chance to move to within a point of Liverpool having played a game less than Jurgen Klopp’s men.

However, Manchester United lost 2-0 to Arsenal in the Premier League following goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck in the second half at The Emirates.

The Red Devils are in fifth place in the table and five points adrift of Liverpool with four games to go in their 2016-17 season.

Speaking to the Gary Neville podcast about Mourinho’s decision to focus their energy on the Europa League, the former Manchester United defender said:

“His team are short this season in terms of the Premier League and they have to focus everything on Thursday.

“I think they will be OK because of the fact it is a completely different competition.

“I don’t think so [the result having an effect on Thursday’s second leg] because of the fact there will be so many changes. Eric Bailly, Daley Blind and Marcus Rashford will come in.

“My view is that before this game, Jose Mourinho’s language in his press conference made it feel like it was all around the Europa League with two games in the competition compared to four in the Premier League.”

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