Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Manchester United to set new Premier League win total low

Manchester United to set new Premier League win total low

United finish their league campaign against Palace at Old Trafford before facing Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm next Wednesday, a game they must win to qualify for next season's Champions League.

He has revealed plans to field a weakened team on Sunday when they host Crystal Palace, three days before the showpiece that could earn him a second major trophy with United and secure qualification for the Champions League.

Filling in for the rested David de Gea, the Argentina goalkeeper tipped aside Manolo Gabbiadini's sixth-minute spot-kick that was awarded for a handball against Eric Bailly even though video replays the contact was outside the area.

Sergio Romero staked his claim in David de Gea's absence as he pulled off a string of superb stops - including an early penalty save - to help Manchester United claim a 0-0 Premier League draw at Southampton.

"I never saw any detail of trying to care about the English teams involved in European competitions", he said. "We are in safe gloves". "More than very good", Mourinho added. "The team was not flawless but the players gave me good things". I don't lose time (requesting a switch I don't believe they would grant).

With De Gea not confirmed to have picked up an injury, it begs the question, why has Mourinho made a decision to rest the "top keeper in the world" for a match of such magnitude?

Martial's sublime strike looked set to put United ahead soon after, only for the base of the left-hand post to come to Southampton's rescue.

But United were already guaranteed to finish sixth, while Southampton, who have not scored in four successive top-flight home games for the first time, remain eighth.

United, criticized for playing cautiously under Mourinho, have scored just two goals in their last five games. Southampton manager Claude Puel refused to discuss his future at the club, which is the subject of speculation.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hopes Crystal Palace go "soft" on his team as he again vented his frustration with his side's schedule. With the Ajax game in mind, Mourinho said he had a "little bad feeling" about the injury.

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