Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho does not think Ajax should even be in the Europa League because they lost this season in the Champions League.

The Red Devils boss does not support the system that sees a team that drops out of Champion League join other teams in Europa League.




“They are a Champions League team, they come from the Champions League,” Mourinho told reporters ahead of Sunday’s final league game at home to Crystal Palace.

“I always disagree with it, I don’t think a team should play in two European competitions in the same season.

“I think if a team goes to the Champions League and doesn’t qualify they should go home.

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“The Europa League is for team who have been in it since the beginning, like us. We finished fifth and went to the Europa League.”

However, Mourinho praised Ajax’s quality and sees no reason why anyone should be surprised they were able to make it through to the final.

“I wasn’t surprised, I really don’t know why you are surprised they reached the final,” he said.

“The age of players isn’t important, the quality is important. I think Ajax make the right investments at the right times.

“Ajax has a very good scouting and education system. These talented players don’t arrive at Ajax by accident.

“I don’t know {referring to Ajax boss Peter Bosz} too well, but when I see Ajax play I think he has done fantastic work.”

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