'Most important match' comments fuelled United desire, says Mourinho

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A first at Old Trafford this season, a 1-1 draw that is of some use to Manchester United who booked their place in the Europa League final.

In France, Olympique Lyon put up a courageous fight against Ajax, despite trailing 5-1 on aggregate after 27 minutes as Kasper Dolberg added to the four his side scored in the first leg last week.

Carrying over a thin 1-0 lead from the first leg, United doubled the aggregate in the 17th minute when Marouane Fellaini stooped at the far post to head home Marcus Rashford's handsome pinpoint cross...

Even then, it landed at the feet of John Guidetti, who couldn't wrap his foot around the ball with a goal at his mercy. "We now lose a very important player for the final, and we don't have many".

"So from this weekend they will have 12 days to prepare for the final, and we have three matches to play in the Premier League and not many players".

Well, things didn't really work out for Guidetti at the Etihad and in 2015, he was snapped up on a free by Celta Vigo. The boys gave everything they had.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: "In the end, when the game was hard, when they were better than us and we were in trouble and not playing well, it was that mentality, that desire, that togetherness that made the boys fight until the end".

A brawl broke out shortly after the equalising goal, with Eric Bailly and Celta goalscorer Roncaglia throwing punches amid the mayhem.

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"It would be an wonderful", declared Mourinho, as he was asked whether he was one win away from a successful first season at United.

Mourinho said Bailly might have been "naive" during a post-match television interview, but in his subsequent press conference he said he had not seen the incident again and did not want to comment on it.

Mourinho can only feel delighted to be one win away from Champions League qualification, but the last ten minutes did not go according to script.

However, United then chose to sit and invite Celta onto them for the remainder of the game and, in the 86th minute, the cat was really thrown amongst the pigeons.

Asked about the significance of reaching the showpiece, Mourinho said: "It means an opportunity to win a trophy and the opportunity to be back to the Champions League".

The Spaniard was quoted as saying by Marca: "We've been better than them".

Mourinho, the United players and the Old Trafford fans breathed a huge sigh of relief and as after the referee blew the final whistle, the celebrations began.

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