Sam Allardyce eyeing prize-money boost for Crystal Palace

Manchester United have the Europa League final to worry about and with their squad depth and injuries at the moment, it is more than likely that Jose Mourinho will play a second rate team in this game.

'In any country in the world the match would be Saturday, because Sunday we are sixth, doesn't matter what, and Crystal Palace are safe, ' Mourinho (pictured) said. I don't lose time.

"I try to analyse the realities before I arrived in the club, but you only know the reality when you are inside", Mourinho told Omnisport.

And Mourinho has confirmed that a number of youngsters will play against Sam Allardyce's men including Demetri Mitchell, Josh Harrop, Angel Gomes and Scott McTominay.

Amid mounting media speculation that De Gea could join Real Madrid next season, Mourinho also expressed hope the Spaniard would stay at Old Trafford when asked when United fans would see him in action again. "We've all been moaning about the fact we're not getting anywhere near the Champions League or we're not getting anyone winning the Europa League".

James Rodriguez, Antoine Griezmann and Romelu Lukaku are rumoured to be transfer targets of the Red Devils but according to reports in England all of them could snub a move to the Old Trafford in case the Red Devils don't play in Champions League next season. A problem for the weekend but not for the final. Manchester United: Sergio Romero 9, Eric Bailly 7, Chris Smalling 6, Phil Jones 6, Matteo Darmian 6, Marouane Fellaini 7, Axel Tuanzebe 6, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7, Juan Mata 7, Anthony Martial 7, Wayne Rooney 7.

"But I am sure whatever team Jose puts out will be a talented one".

He is finally in a position to begin his preparations for next season, when he hopes to avoid another battle against relegation, and discussing how much Sunday's game could affect that, he said: "The budget will get bigger if we can go up a couple of places". But as for lots of them together, I think no [they aren't ready].

"It will be a good occasion for the kids but I repeat the best conditions for a debut is being surrounded by a strong structure".

"So instead of looking at Manchester, I look at my team and the most important thing is we are fit and fresh, nobody is injured and that's a great way to prepare the team for next Wednesday".

  • Julie Sanders