Manchester United have £38m riding on Europa League final
- Author: Steve Townsend May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 20:19
In fact, the Red Devils haven't won a Premier League game since a 2-0 win at Burnley on Saturday 24 April to end their participation in the top-four race with Jose Mourinho's men in sixth place.
When asked what United need to do to compete next season, Mourinho added: "I don't want to think about it, I want to think about the final", before walking off camera.
Alex Ferguson (right) in the stands in front of executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to watch Manchester United in action in the Europa League semi-final, second leg, against Celta Vigo, last week.
"So if we can win a third title, or as you like to say, a second title, if we can do that it would be magnificent".
But Mata insists that United's players are not getting down about working overtime - and instead are focused on landing the club's first European trophy since the Champions League in 2008.
"I have to build some teams with the minimum of conditions to fight for a result", Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
United will round off their league season with an away game against Southampton on Wednesday before a final game at home against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
"If I have Ashley Young and Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Tim] Fosu-Mensah - if I have these guys, I can rotate and go for every match".
A clause in their £75m-a-season contract with the sportswear giant stipulates a 30 per cent cut - worth around £22.5m - if they fail to make the Champions League for two consecutive seasons.
"We look forward to a strong finish to 2016-2017, both on and off the pitch", said Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.
Winning the Europa League would allow Mourinho to declare the campaign a success - and would give Mata a reason for cheer too.
"Of course I have in my mind already what I think is going to be the team and the players who can influence the decisions with positive or negative decisions".
"I don't think (he will be available)", Mourinho said.
"We have the Ajax way of playing football".