Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United: Jose Mourinho speaks out about summer swoop

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GETTY Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho has spoken out about his top target Antoine Griezmann

Wayne Rooney recently suggested to The Manchester Evening News that Manchester United have had a better season than Tottenham Hotspur.

United won the EFL Cup and the Europa League in Jose Mourinho's first season in charge but the club had been expected to be involved in the chase for the Premier League title. Obviously I am happy to be part of that [Europa League win] and in some way help the club win trophies, and that is the way it's been over the last 18 months and past year. "But once you play that final, I think you will, for that moment, forget it".

It's been a different story, though, in the Premier League as David de Gea is first choice after featuring in 35 of the 38 fixtures this season.

"[I want] to disconnect completely and enjoy my family and friends and other sports I like".

It means going back to the Champions League and playing in the European Super Cup next August.

Jose Mourinho says he has "no idea" if Manchester United will sign Antoine Griezmann, but stressed that all the club's transfer dealings are in the hands of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

"Yes, that's where we wanted to be when this season started in August", admitted the 19-year-old, who became the youngest Englishman to start a major European final since Nottingham Forest's Gary Mills in 1980.

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GETTY Man Utd want to sign Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann this summer

"For me, it's the most important trophy of my career", said Mourinho, who is never shy of hyperbole.

"But this cup makes the city of Manchester a little bit happier?"

As Mourinho celebrated a fourth European title from four finals, the Portuguese tactician revealed doubts about himself.

Ajax had no answer to the physical strength and power of United, especially in midfield, where world record signing Pogba and Belgian worldwide Marouane Fellaini dominated.

There were songs and cheers in Manchester along with a somber undercurrent because, as one man told the BBC, "I think everyone's thinking about the same things".

"I agree with UEFA's decision to play the match but, you know, if we have questions like your question (about the importance of winning the game for the city) that made us return to this tragedy, obviously it takes happiness from our achievement". It is the end of a very hard season.

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