Man United youngsters impress, but Mourinho only thinking of European final

Well, with confirmation that Manchester United will travel to Dublin to take on Italian outfit Sampdoria at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, August 2, Mourinho's men are facing the prospect of playing eight pre-season matches before the Premier League campaign even starts on the weekend of 12 August 2017.

Ibrahimovic was ruled out for the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury on April 20 in Manchester United's Europa League quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht.

United fell short of qualifying via a top-four Premier League finish - a 69-point haul leaving them sixth - meaning the Ajax clash assumes extra significance, a fact not lost on Mata. "We'd be round the table together having something to eat and then the TV would be put on and we'd watch the Champions League", Mata said.

United captain Wayne Rooney, who could have possibly been playing his final game for the Red Devils with his future in doubt, had the chance to sign off with a goal but saw his low shot blocked by Martin Kelly. The midfielder has been at his combative best for the Red Devils this season and was recently rewarded with the club's Player of the Year award.

United has won the League Cup, and lifted the Community Shield at the beginning of the season, but Mourinho's first year at Old Trafford will hinge on Wednesday's result.

"We've no God-given right to win the Europa League - but we deserve to be there".

"I thought he was too nice and didn't look particularly brilliant".

With an eye on Wednesday's fixture, Mourinho rested numerous players on Sunday as United completed their domestic season with what was essentially a dead rubber against Palace.

"We understand football the same way and we think the same; if you give everything, you are going to give things to the team".

Pogba's 44 minute rampage through the heart of Palace's midfield reminded me of a quality to his game that few, if any, have pointed out this season. "I've always said that since I came here it has not been the greatest moment in the club's history". "But it didn't happen and we have to face them in Stockholm".

The Portuguese named the youngest United team in Premier League history, with four players being handed full debuts in Joel Pereira, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay and Josh Harrop.

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