Ajax will offer true test in Europa League final, says Daley Blind
- Author: Julie Sanders May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 22:40
In his press conference before his team's final game of the Premier League season, the Manchester United head coach was asked about the young players he meant to include his match-day squad for the match against Crystal Palace.
Sunday's EPL match against Crystal Palace is a secondary affair for Mourinho, as he looks ahead to Wednesday's EL final against Ajax. Harrop joined a select band of homegrown products to score on their league debut, with Marcus Rashford and James Wilson having achieved the feat recently. On being substituted two minutes from the end, making way for the 16-year-old Angel Gomes to make his debut, Rooney was given a standing ovation but the harsh truth is that he is a shadow of the player who signed for the club in 2004.
And it was one of the eight players in the starting line-up who had come through United's academy who opened the scoring for the home side. Maybe I can bring [academy coach] Nicky Butt and his team to play against Crystal Palace and hopefully Palace doesn't need a game to stay in the division because it would be very, very bad if they needed the points for us to play with the under-23s.
"When we lost players in a period of 17 matches in seven weeks, it was the impossible job". Didn't this team beat the club record of 25 Premier League matches unbeaten in the same season?
Remember the name, Josh Harrop.
Harrop scored a hat-trick to showcase his goalscoring ability in front of the Special One.
Five minutes later, the lead was doubled as Pogba slid home to get his goal after some good work by Jesse Lingard.
Performance: Did not have too much to deal with but coped well when things did come his way, with his diving save to claim a second-half Luka Milivojevic free-kick being a particularly notable example.
With the pressure off, and driven by Pogba's dominance in midfield, the young Reds were playing with freedom and confidence, and continued to attack Palace at will.
The United defender is steeped in Dutch football and spent six years at Ajax as a first-team player.
Christian Benteke headed against the post after the interval as Palace ended the season in 14th place. If this was indeed Rooney's swan song he will be relieved that his attempted stabbed clearance from a free-kick went over rather than under Joel Pereira's crossbar.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan claims that Manchester United will have had an "amazing" season if they add the Europa League to the League Cup and the Community Shield.