'Nonsense' - Sutton hits out at manager comments after Tottenham beat Man United

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Mourinho, who leads his team into the Europa League final against Ajax later this month, made eight changes to his starting XI at White Hart Lane having admitted domestic matter are now low on his priority list.

The Red Devils lost 2-1 against Tottenham on Sunday in Spurs' last game at White Hart Lane, leaving them down in sixth position and unable to catch up to the top four sides with two games left. I don't want to field a team where people think we aren't fighting for the result - we are fighting for the result.

"We, Manchester United, for us, it is more important to win titles than to finish top four". We know if we lose the final, we don't play Champions League.

"We know that, but we fight for titles".

Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United will continue to fight for titles instead of clambering to make the top four this season.

And Mourinho - who is resting players to focus on the Europa League - confirmed he sees the rest of the league season as a waste of time.

The former Chelsea boss has made it very clear that he will be making plenty of changes to keep his squad fresh for their season-defining Europa League final against Ajax a week after their trip to St. Mary's.

"I don't know other clubs, the way they think or what is important for them", he said.

"I want to give the players the best conditions to try to go to the final". I can not lose 5-0 or 6-0.

City overcame Leicester 2-1 at the weekend and will face West Brom on Tuesday evening, in what will be Pablo Zabaleta's final home game after 9 years at the club, as his contract expires in the summer.

Mourinho was in a defiant mood after the match, insisting that he has no option than to rest his best players in the Premier League due to their European commitments, and he went as far as to claim that the game against Spurs and this week's encounter with Southampton and Crystal Palace were "matches we don't want to play".

"I happy with the situation today. And we played in a positive way, especially in the second half when we brought a little more quality into the team".

"We didn't gamble, it was a compulsory option". There were no injuries and it's one less match to play because at this moment the Premier League matches for us are matches we don't want to play.

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