JOSE MOURINHO has claimed his side’s Europa League Final rivals Ajax shouldn’t even be in the competition.
Ajax went into the Europa League after losing to Russian minnows Rostov in the qualifying round.
Mourinho says the Dutch side have no business being in the competition, having already been involved in the Champions League.
“The Europa League is for teams who go into the Europa League, like us. We finished fifth last season, so we went into the Europa League.
“We started the Europa League from the beginning of the season and we have had to fight to be where we are.”
“I think they are paid not to lie, they are paid to be honest and speak from their knowledge to the people that watch TV and read newspapers, but some of them lie.
“We had the Phil Jones and Chris Smalling England-week problems and then our squad was reduced to a number of players that put ourselves in big problems.
“Imagine now we have Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Luke Shaw ready. We would not be speaking about playing so many kids.
“I think with 37 matches in five months, we are the team with more matches in Europe, we play every match possible minus two, every match in the Premier League, League Cup, Europa League, every match in the FA Cup except the semi-final and the final, so that red card to Ander Herrera (in the quarter-finals) was a blessing for us.”