Chris Smalling admits missing out on the top four is painful for all associated with Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho believes an EFL Cup and Europa League double would represent a strong first season at the helm, should United beat Ajax in the final of the continental competition on May 24.
But Smalling remains unhappy about missing out on the Premier League’s top four.
Their defeat to Tottenham on Sunday means the club can finish no higher than fifth, while they will definitely finish in sixth should Arsenal beat West Brom on Tuesday night.
“It does eat away at you,” Smalling said aboutnot finishing in the top four. “With where we are in the league now, it eats away at you that all those teams are above you and the points that you have dropped.
“We will learn a lot from this year to make sure that we don’t get this same feeling again.
“Even with the EFL Cup and the Europa League, we are far better than that position. We haven’t shown that but next season we will definitely rectify that.”