Mourinho to give Dearnley, Gomes, Harrop, Mitchell and Willock their United debuts
- Author: Julie Sanders May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 18:15
"I arrived here in the previous year, free, nobody knew me".
The one that I really enjoy doing is the transition from the first to the second season because I know what I do, I know what I don't do.
With Sunday's Premier League match largely irrelevant to both United and Palace, it's understandable Mourinho will field a weakened side. It will be a big occasion but I think the best for the young player is in the middle of an experienced structure, where he can be supported.
"Chris Smalling has a problem, but a small problem that I think is no problem at all for next week".
Marouane Fellaini is also a doubt, but it won't be a completely new look United team as Paul Pogba is due to be back.
Lots of them together, no.
"Some of them lie and the reality is since January we've played 37 matches and in the Premier League [campaign] there are 38".
"They shouldn't have the opportunity to play the Europa League - the Europa League is for teams who go into the Europa League like us".
"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", said the 54-year-old Portuguese.
"The only positive [on Sunday] is to save my players, to give them better conditions for Wednesday".
Failure to win the Europa league final could cost United £21m in sponsorship deal.
"Obviously there is a big difference of quality, strength, experience between them and good players, experienced players like Crystal Palace have".
United manager Jose Mourinho has already said Romero will start in the final ahead of regular goalkeeper David de Gea, as he has done throughout the European competition. "We will bring the ones who I think are more adapted to our team at the moment".
Ajax played their final domestic game of the season last Sunday, winning 3-1 away to Willem II.
The Manchester United manager is keeping his stars fresh for the Europa League final against Ajax three days later and will only use "three or four" first-teamers when he would prefer more on duty to help the youngsters settle in.