Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho
SKY SPORTS/SAMSON MBII,12TH MAY 2017-Jose Mourinho insists Europa League success should not determine whether his first season in charge of Manchester United is viewed as a success or failure.
United qualified for the final against Ajax in Stockholm on May 24 with a 2-1 aggregate victory against Celta Vigo and their route into next season’s Champions League appears increasingly likely to hinge on what happens in that match.
Marouane Fellaini scored United’s crucial goal against Celta Vigo
Failure to do so would be a blow to Mourinho as he outlined in great detail during his introductory press conference as United boss last July, when he spoke of the importance of returning United to Europe’s elite competition.
United have been difficult to beat under Mourinho, losing only four Premier League matches, which is tied with Tottenham for the lowest total in the league.
But their 14 draws are a league high, and their total of 51 goals scored is at least 17 less than each of their top six rivals.
Gustavo Cabral battles with Paul Pogba during the first half at Old Trafford
Yet success in Stockholm will give Mourinho his third trophy as United manager, adding to the FA Community Shield and the EFL Cup, and he feels the media would be portraying him unfairly if his first season in charge was to be labelled a failure.