Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho says Ajax should not be in the Europa League final
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Ajax should not be in the Europa League final as he disagrees with the rule that allows sides eliminated from the Champions League to drop into the tournament.
Under current UEFA rules the sides that finish third in the Champions League group stages drop down into the Europa League for the knock-out rounds.
In addition the clubs eliminated in the Champions League play-offs are inserted into the Europa League group stages – the way in which Ajax entered this season’s tournament having lost to Russian side Rostov last August.
The Eredivisie side are now set to take on Manchester United in the final next week but Mourinho is not happy that his side will be playing Ajax, as he reckons they shouldn’t have been allowed into the competition.
The Portuguese boss feels that any side eliminated from the Champions League shouldn’t have the opportunity to enter the Europa League, indicating that it devalues the prestige of the tournament.
Mourinho said, according to the Mirror: “They are a Champions League team, they come from the Champions League, I always disagree with it.
“I think a team shouldn’t play two European competitions in the same season, they should go home, they shouldn’t have the option to play the Europa 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.”