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Jose Mourinho 'relieved' as Manchester United beat Southampton in cup final

27 February 2017

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now scored 26 goals in his first season with Manchester United. "So we will wait, we will believe that he is going to stay one more season".

"I think it's important and I can understand of course all the good atmosphere around the team and the fans, but it's important for us to keep focused and with a good concentration about the game and not what happens after the game".

"Today was all about winning and getting the trophy, people remember who lifted the trophy not the one who played the best game".

Heading into this match, a confident Mourinho, who won the competition three times with Chelsea, told MUTV: "I just want to play, I can't wait".

And although the Portuguese admits he has not found many players in his career who share his fanatical will to win, a number of United's stars are beginning to impress him in that area.

Mourinho began his trophy gathering in England when he won the League Cup with Chelsea in 2004-05 and has repeated that feat by claiming the trophy in his first season at United.

"It is my second trophy with the club and after seven months we have two trophies and I am happy, this is why I came, I came to win and I'm winning, it is all about bringing the club back to where it belongs and that is winning trophies".

"He is better. He is more collected, he is more intelligent, he understands the game even better", the United manager said.

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"Him (Mkhitaryan) and Michael I think they are both out but this is based on my experience not on my medical knowledge and not based on tests and what they have to do tomorrow".

With the club's captain Wayne Rooney on the verge of leaving the club in the summer, Mourinho sees Neymar as a flawless fit for United with the manager concerned over the team's over-reliance on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for goals. The day I don't get emotional when I win is the day to go home.

This evening's triumph guarantees Manchester United a spot in the UEFA Europa League next term, although The Red Devils will still be eyeing a Champions League spot via the Premier League's top four come May.

"And now they are also in the highlights with the decision that I think has everyone in football united because it is something very, very hard to accept".

Wayne Rooney said he was staying with Manchester United following persistent speculation he could make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.

But, like we said, it wasn't quite the ideal night for United.

After the goal, Manchester United looked much more competitive, but the Saints were a team on a mission, playing some good football whenever they had the ball on their feet.

Jose Mourinho 'relieved' as Manchester United beat Southampton in cup final