Mourinho admits Manchester United ‘suffered until the end’

Date published: Thursday 11th May 2017 10:48

Jose Mourinho was pleased that Manchester United managed to get through to the Europa League final after his side made hard work of a tie that could have been put to bed in the first leg.

The Red Devils missed numerous chances in Spain to put the tie beyond Celta Vigo but they could only take a 1-0 lead back to Manchester before eventually getting through thanks to a 1-1 draw at home.

Marouane Fellaini put the hosts ahead on Thursday night before Facundo Roncaglia forced an equaliser late on before he and United defender Eric Bailly were sent off during a melee.

“We were the best team in the first leg but we never kill, we never score goals related to the chances we have,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “It was an open game at home, all the pressure on our side.

“They were completely free of responsibility and gave us a very hard match. We suffered until the end and it was open until the last second. The boys gave everything they had. I’m really pleased for them.

“After 14 matches we are in the final. If we win the Europa League I am more than happy. It would be amazing.

“I didn’t see the red card incident but Eric Bailly was phenomenal. The game was emotional for everyone. Some kept control better than others.

“Facundo Roncaglia is not new in these situations, Bailly was probably naive. We now lose a very important player for the final, and we don’t have many.

“Ajax will be difficult, they are a young team, strong team, they finish the league this weekend and will have 12 days to recover. We have three matches in that time.”

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