Published: Tue, March 28, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Jose Mourinho speaks out about Manchester United's chances of Champions League football

Jose Mourinho speaks out about Manchester United's chances of Champions League football

Tempers flare between Middlesbrough and Manchester United players during their English Premier League soccer match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England, Sunday, March 19, 2017. It's what we did here without many players but with a great answer in terms of attitude and desire from all the boys.

Mourinho saw his side climb into fifth place in the Premier League table courtesy of a 3-1 victory at Middlesbrough on Sunday and remain firmly in the race for a Champions League spot.

Premier League midweek fixtures would normally take place on a Tuesday or Wednesday but Sky, which had the game originally as a television fixture, is also showing rearranged fixtures for Chelsea against Southampton on Tuesday April 25 and Arsenal against Leicester City on Wednesday April 26.

There was a heated on-field fracas involving Middlesbrough's Rudy Gestede and United's Eric Bailly in stoppage time and the dispute continued after the game, coming to a head in the tunnel.

Antonio Valencia capitalised on a mistake from Valdes to net United's third goal late on, sealing a victory which left Mourinho delighted.

"Do I prefer to finish fourth or win the Europa League?"

United manager Jose Mourinho was without suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera, while Paul Pogba was injured and Henrikh Mkhitaryan was only on the substitutes' bench.

James Ward-Prowse celebrated his call-up to the England squad with a 52nd-minute reply for Southampton.

City needed a 69th-minute equalizer from Sergio Aguero to prevent Liverpool from collecting a sixth win this season over a rival from the top six.

Upset at having to play three games in seven days, United's manager had gone as far as predicting that they would "probably lose" at Middlesbrough, but when the mind games stopped and the football began his weakened team did him proud.

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