“It is not a competition I want, it is not a competition the players want. But it is a competition where we are and that’s the reality.
“We have to look to the competition with respect. We want to win it and that is the way we will approach it.
“It’s true that is more difficult to win the Premier League when you are playing in the Europa League.”
Despite eyeing potential glory in the continent’s second tier tournament, Mourinho’s decision to make eight changes to his team from last weekend’s derby defeat to Manchester City helped United set an unwelcome club record last night.