Jose Mourinho ended his Sky Sports interview on Sunday early when he was asked what Manchester United need to do to challenge for the title next season.
Mourinho was speaking with Geoff Shreeves following United’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane, which ensured the club can finish only fifth at best this season.
Although United have already won the League Cup and also face Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday week, some observers, including Roy Keane, feel United’s Premier League campaign has been ’embarrassing’.
Mourinho has openly admitted that domestic matters are little more than “compulsory”, as he prepares his side for a Europa League showdown against Ajax on May 24. The winner of that final will qualify for the Champions League.
The Portuguese defended his side’s performance against Spurs, noting that he had to “rest” players with that final in mind.
“Two bad goals conceded but a positive game for us because the players that needed to play 90 minutes, they did it, and it’s important for them,” Mourinho said.
“The majority of the players that needed to rest had the rest and we played in a positive way, especially in the second half when we brought to the team quality and a little bit more organisation.”
The interview turned a little sour when Shreeves turned attention back to the Premier League.
“In terms of the Premier League, what do you think is needed next season to mount a serious challenge?” asked Shreeves.
“I don’t want to think about it in this moment. I want to think about the final I have to win,” Mourinho replied.
By the time Shreeves was halfway through his follow-up question, the United manager had walked out of the interview.