What Jose Mourinho told his four debutants before Crystal Palace win
- Author: Julie Sanders May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 4:17
He said: "Don't ask me too many things because now I am in a final".
The quartet performed impressively on what could have been a long afternoon for much-changed United given Palace boss Sam Allardyce ignored Mourinho's plea to go "slow" with a strong line-up at Old Trafford.
Herrera has shown his gratitude to Mourinho by repeatedly defending his manager in a hard season, with the run to the Europa League final and the League Cup triumph the saving graces of a campaign that has fallen well short of expectations.
Having finished outside the top four in England and lost striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a serious knee injury, United are now depending on victory at the Friends Arena in Stockholm to get them into next season's Champions League.
However, Mourinho had little time to give deserved public praise to his young side after the match.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, MLS opposition in the United States and an encounter with Norwegian side Valerenga in Oslo are already in Man Utd's schedule.
"I think we have a good understanding between the manager and myself".
- United have played Crystal Palace 16 times in the Premier League and have never lost (W13 D3), their joint-most versus a team without defeat (also Charlton). "It's the last game of the season and we were given a chance to impress".
United's past successes in Europe have seen them lift the European Cup/Champions League on three occasions, most recently in 2008, and the European Cup Winners' Cup. He entered a near-empty media room while the majority of journalists were watching the club's lap of honor for the final game of the season.
It appeared there might be some tension between Mourinho and Jones when the manager last month publicly urged the player to "be brave" and take a risk in terms of his recovery and making himself available for selection.
"I just want to thank the manager for putting me on the bench and playing me today, and all the staff back at the club and everyone who has helped me". You can find a way or another way but the ultimate aim is to win.
"I got hugely criticised for it and Crystal Palace got up there and then fell away and that continued into the next season.We have to be careful about where we get in the league because if it's not sustainable people won't have that".