Mourinho Hopes Palace Go Easy On Them

  • Mourinho Hopes Palace Go Easy On Them

Mourinho Hopes Palace Go Easy On Them

The Manchester United manager will pick a side largely of youngsters and fringe players for Sunday's final Premier League match of the season against Crystal Palace, with his side's hopes of Champions League qualification now hinging on victory in Stockholm next week.

"We are sixth, Crystal Palace are safe, it doesn't matter", he told reporters.

United, who drew 0-0 at Southampton on Wednesday, do not finish their domestic season until Sunday, when they host Crystal Palace.

Mourinho confirms Pogba and Fosu-Mensah to play vs Palace.

"I hope Big Sam shows he is a good friend and he asks Wilfried Zaha to go slow and leaves Chrsitian Benteke at home and they go soft on us", Mourinho said. Next Wednesday will be our 19th European game this season. You only know them when you have them in good moments and bad moments.

Mourinho has suggested that young goalkeeper Joel Pereira will be given his Premier League debut. As he has done recently, the Portuguese again plans to field a weakened XI, saying "I hope you don't kill me when you see my team".

The France midfielder trained today as Mourinho prepares what will be a young squad for the home fixture against Sam Allardyce's team.

As they've been competing for the same left-wing berth, they've been largely kept apart, but the Englishman's brief showing off the bench displayed why they can tear defences apart. Everyone dreams of playing in such a game.

"We played a good team, a team who tried to win and tried to finish well", Mourinho said after visiting goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved a barrage of hard shots, including Manolo Gabbiadini's fifth-minute penalty. My team want to play at Old Trafford.

"I'm looking at them and analyse where we can win something, win some details, but, on the other hand, I always look at my team, our strengths and how we can beat opponents".

Ajax started the season in the Champions League qualification rounds before a two-legged defeat to Russian side Rostov meant they dropped into the Europa League group stages, where United's campaign also started.

"We will have Demi Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Josh Harrop, Matty Willock, Angel Gomes, Zachary Dearnley, I think that is it".