Phil Jones warns against Manchester United complacency
- Author: Steve Townsend Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 2:12
With Wednesday's make-or-break Europa League final against Ajax looming large, Jose Mourinho stuck to his word by resting numerous key players and handing four young prospects their full debut with sixth place in the Premier League table already assured.
But with a Europa League final still to be played, United could still qualify for next season's Champions League if they beat Dutch giants Ajax. "We want Champions League football".
'We know Champions League football is the end goal, but we need to earn the right to be in the Champions League and that's by winning on Wednesday night.
"I think we have a good understanding between the manager and myself".
Jones is set to start alongside Daley Blind at the heart of Manchester United's defence in Stockholm, with Eric Bailly suspended after being sent off against Celta Vigo in the semi-final. "People say the game has changed, but has it changed that much?"
If Manchester United are successful in their Europa League final against Ajax, they'll also have the Super Cup against either Real Madrid or Juventus to contend with on August 8th. "But I think the club and the money [they have] will help us try to get a bigger squad and prepare for a different competition".
Sixteen-year-old Angel Gomes was on the bench and would become United's youngest Premier League player if he came on.
He wrote: "I have seen in the football media that certain pundits can not understand why our players are exhausted".
They were still in the press box checking out the players' lap of honour!
Each of the young quartet fared well, with Harrop, 21, making a particularly strong impression by firing home a superb 15th-minute strike that was added to four minutes later by a Paul Pogba finish.
"It is probably the biggest compliment of this year's run to the final that Europe is again talking about Ajax", said club marketing director Edwin van der Sar, who kept goal for both Manchester United and Ajax.
"We will go together, some on crutches, others limping, but 11 starting and another seven substitutes will go to the field of battle representing and fighting for our group of brothers, for the Manchester United family". "I've always said that since I came here it has not been the greatest moment in the club's history".