Jose Mourinho watched on from the stands as Tottenham's youngsters suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of their Manchester United counterparts on Monday night at Old Trafford.
Opting for the tried-and-true template for Premier League success (spending loads of money and praying that things work out), Jose Mourinho is hoping that three of Tottenham's most important players will help ease his top four-failing woes next season.
"I don't think Paul has conditions to play, we let him be completely free when he's ready to be back".
"We got to the cup final, with European experience (in the Europa League) and a decent league position, but we all want more than that".
"If I have Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, Timothy Fosu-Mensa - if I have them I can rotate".
"All throughout my injury we spoke about the process and when I would be back so it is good that the manager wants you because ultimately he has got that decision of whether you play or not". It's as simple as that.
Mourinho said Daley Blind would not play against Southampton but Marouane Fellaini will "because he's not played the last three league matches". I can not lose 5-0 or 6-0.
After today's loss at White Hart Lane, the Red Devils have no mathematical chance of finishing in the top four. "But also we want to try and win the games of course." .
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We know if we lose the final, we don't play Champions League.
"It is true we are disappointed when you are close and fighting to win the Premier League", he said.
And Saunders thinks Mourinho is taking a risk putting all his eggs in the Europa League basket as he does not feel they will finish in the top four. Pogba missed the game at Tottenham Hotspur due to the death of his father, making his involvement at Southampton doubtful.
The game is likely to be a drab affair considering United's commitments and the Saints' position as neither side will go for the jugular.
And it is not only the former UEFA Cup trophy that is on the line for the Premier League side.
Emotions were high in N17 as Spurs' 118-year association with the Lane was brought to an end, with Maurcio Pochettino's men taking up a tenancy at Wembley Stadium next season while work on the new stadium continues.
"We are forecasting better full-year financial performance than expected and as such have raised our revenue and profit guidance for the year", said United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in a press release.