Ajax will offer true test in Europa final, says Blind
- Author: Julie Sanders May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 18:50
Jose Mourinho was the subject of criticism from fans of all Premier League clubs when Manchester United's starting line up for their final day clash against Crystal Palace was revealed.
He will watch from the stands, along with fellow injury victims Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young, after sustaining knee ligament damage during the semi-final second leg win at home to Anderlecht.
When then asked if he knew his team for the final in Stockholm, Mourinho said: "I know, but let me go".
The Portuguese was similarly curt in the post-match press conference, entering the room early with most journalists still in the press box watching the lap of honour before leaving seconds later when there was no immediate response to a request for questions.
With very few shots between either team, substitutions played more of a prominent fixture in the game, with both Pogba and Jesse Lingard making way for the home outfit.
And with his contract set to expire in June 2018, the 27-year-old says he is in no rush to leave the Theatre of Dreams.
And it was to be the final act of the afternoon for United's all-time leading goalscorer as he left the Old Trafford playing surface to a standing ovation to be replaced by 16-year-old Angel Gomes who became the youngest player to play for the club in the Premier League era. With the Europa League final against Ajax in mind, Mourinho gave unlikely starts to the likes of Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Demetri Mitchell, goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira and the aforementioned Harrop.
I think I'd probably go for Valencia as he's been the most consistent player in a turbulent defence, whereas Ibrahimovic can be a bit selfish.
"We finish this season with a loss", the Eagles boss said. "But overall it has been a great success since the turn of the year and a big achievement by all the players, all the backroom staff, and the owners, to get to where we are - to get safe without having to come to Man United for any points".