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

Mourinho hoping Palace takes it easy

Mourinho hoping Palace takes it easy

I hope the crowd enjoys that, in spite of it not being a big, strong Manchester United team.

"So I think after the moment Crystal Palace beat Hull City and Hull are relegated, and Swansea are safe, I think in that moment the match has to be Saturday. I don't know about Wayne or not - he played 90 minutes in the last match, so probably not".

Mourinho also confirmed that Paul Pogba will feature as he needs to get some minutes under his belt ahead of the final after missing the last two games following the death of his father.

He added: "Pogba will come because Paul is not training or playing since his dad passed away". "And he knows he needs to play against Palace because he hasn't played or trained for a long time".

Marouane Fellaini is having a hamstring injury assessed, while Chris Smalling is set to be fit for Wednesday's final despite a "small problem" keeping him out against Palace. A problem for the weekend but not for the final. We decided not to do it yesterday. Let's wait for tomorrow but he needed to play. "We are sixth, it doesn't matter what [happens on Sunday]".

"Crutches for Shaw, Young, Rojo and Zlatan, but we all go together". Portugal under-21 goalkeeper Joel Perreira, who has one appearance off the bench this season, is also in contention.

"With so many at the same time, I think they really need my support, (reserves manager) Nicky Butt's support (and) supporters to understand the hard job they have, because it will not be an easy one for them". Why are you [questioner] surprised? "I don't think the age of the players is important, the quality is".

United take on Ajax next Wednesday in a season-defining contest that could see them land a second major trophy of the season and earn a place in next season's Champions League.

Manchester United could hand debuts to Zachary Dearnley, Angel Gomes, Josh Harrop, Demetri Mitchell and Matthew Willock against Crystal Palace on the Premier League's final day.

"I have been here seven years and I never saw any detail of trying to care about the English teams involved in European competitions".

"The reality is that since January we have played 37 matches, and in the Premier League are 38 matches so we have played a complete Premier League minus one match in five months - which is what a team normally does for a year".

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