Angel Gomes makes Manchester United history against Crystal Palace

United will go through the motions at Old Trafford on Sunday as the Premier League comes to a meek conclusion, just days before their make-or-break Europa League final against Ajax. "Who knows, I'm not sure what the plans are for next season". Later, speaking to the print press, Mourinho defended his decision to focus on the Europa League, saying he had no choice.

"This game", United striker Marcus Rashford said, "is our season". When I have 14, 15 players, I can't do it. Drawing with Celta Vigo to book a place in the Europa League final was also a big moment of the season, although the fact it came off the back of a drab performance took away the shine for some.

"I said to myself, "I want to get on the ball early and get as many touches as I can". I think lots of them together, no".

Manchester United's youngsters stepped up to the plate impressively against Crystal Palace - but Jose Mourinho was in too much of a hurry to offer praise.

"It is going to be one of the most important games in my life".

The game against Ajax will be United's 64th of the season.

"For a long time people in Holland said it's not possible for a Dutch team to play any finals anymore because the financial difference between the big clubs in Europe and the Dutch clubs is so big now", he said.

Looking purely in financial terms, United would see a 30 percent reduction in the value of its 10-year jersey deal with Adidas - and equivalent of 21 million pounds ($27 million) - if the team doesn't qualify for the Champions League for the second straight season.

Manchester United face Ajax in Stockholm, Sweden with their hopes of playing in next season's Champions League campaign on the line.

That's because his loyalties lie with Wednesday's opponents Ajax, despite him winning multiple trophies over a hugely successful six-year spell at Old Trafford.

The French midfielder, who cost a reputed 105 million euros (US$117.98 million) when he joined United last summer, was withdrawn just before half-time in United's final game of the season against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Manchester United are now due to play seven games in preseason.

  • Julie Sanders