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Round-Up: Jose Mourinho prefers Europa League glory to top four finish

Jose Mourinho would prefer the Europa League to the top four, there's aggro between Boro and United, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic could stay for another season.

Middlesbrough v Manchester United - Premier League
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Jose Mourinho said he would rather win the Europa League than finish fourth this season, which makes sense. The harder task is to finish fourth, so he needs to take the pressure off there, and to win the Europa League is something United should be capable of given the opposition left in the tournament. Right now, Mourinho should be disappointed if he fails to achieve both.

There was some aggro in the game between 'Boro and United yesterday. Eric Bailly exchanged words with Rudy Gestede, Stewart Downing was on the receiving end of a chat with Jose Mourinho, and Mourinho went off in a huff before he could shake the new 'Boro manager's hand after the whistle. You can read about this here. And if you absolutely love tunnel-based arguments, then you can find out even more speculation and absolutely no details in this blog here.

Now, this club has seen some incredible things. The first European Cup. George Best. Eric Cantona. The first Premier League, the constant Premier League title since. The treble. Beating Chelsea in the Champions League final. But all that has now been overshadowed - Manchester United aren't sixth anymore!

And Manchester United could keep hold of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for one more season, if he believes there's a chance of a proper challenge for the Premier League title. It all depends on how Mourinho wants to juggle the money he has over the summer, and if he can bring in two strikers of the necessary quality.