It may not be the Champions League, but first, it’s a trophy that Manchester United haven’t won yet, and second, winning it will actually give the Old Trafford side the chance to play Champions League football next season, regardless of where they finish in the Premier League later this month.
Winning this competition would give us the ticket to the Champions League, it’s true, but the most important thing for us is that United doesn’t have this trophy yet. We’re definitely concentrated and focused for this match
Antonio Valencia said ahead of their game in Vigo against Celta, the first leg of their Europa League semifinal against the Galician side.
We’re not the favourites, but we’re United and that’s a responsibility that we bear. We have to demonstrate who we are and show it
the Man United right-back told reporters, looking very aware of the fact that United are still troubled by the absence of key players, something that according to their manager, Jose Mourinho, is turning them to outsiders to win the trophy.
United have the return leg at Old Trafford next week, while in the Premier League they remain fifth, one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, with just four games remaining until the end of the season. Mourinho’s team are facing Arsenal on Sunday in London.