Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United boss to wait on Marouane Fellaini's fitness

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United boss to wait on Marouane Fellaini's fitness

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 will put two or three of my boys rotating during the game, making some changes to save them, but I need to give a little structure of four or five of my boys to give some stability to the kids.

He produced a variety of fine saves, including a penalty, demonstrating they have impressive cover for David De Gea.

"I hope to play Joel Pereira against Palace (in the last Premier League game of the season on Sunday) and Sergio in the Europa final".

"I'm yet to be convinced by that".

"We played a good team, a team who tried to win and tried to finish well", Mourinho said after visiting goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved a barrage of hard shots, including Manolo Gabbiadini's fifth-minute penalty. (But) it's going to be Sunday.

"It's frustrating for me". I never saw any detail of trying to care about the English teams involved in European competitions. I don't lose time [requesting a switch I don't believe they would grant]. When I know the battle is lost, I don't fight the battle. I never saw that with Chelsea, I never saw that with Manchester United, I never saw that with Manchester City a year ago.

"I don't go with "if he leaves" as I hope he doesn't leave".

'Because it's Man United and they have the money.

Mourinho, who briefly talked to Fellaini before he went down the tunnel, added: "Fellaini has a bad feeling, he doesn't think it is a tear".

Romero insisted after his star turn that the Europa League final in Stockholm is the club's biggest match of the season.

'Man up, I'm sorry, ' he said. "I think for us it [the final] is the most important of the year".

Southampton, who lost to United in the EFL Cup final, have not scored in six hours at home to leave manager Claude Puel under real pressure despite a top-ten finish in his first term in charge.

United could have opened the scoring against the run of play just after the hour mark, only for Juan Mata to shoot over following more fine hold-up play from Rooney.

"We are sixth, Crystal Palace are safe, it doesn't matter", Mourinho said. "He's a very good goalkeeper so we're in safe hands".

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