Fellaini confident of being fit for Europa League final
“I do not know how the players will react on Wednesday”.
Pereira, who joined United from Neuchatel Xamax in 2012, enjoyed a successful loan spell at Belenenses in his homeland during the first half of this season, before returning to Old Trafford in January when Sam Johnstone was loaned to Aston Villa.
“To play so many kids at the same time I don’t think it’s good because there is a big difference in quality strength and experience”. Smalling has “a problem” but should be fit for Ajax.
As the club missed out on the competition a year ago, an approximate £28 million worth of wages were trimmed from 22 playing contracts last summer, though new signings like Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were exempted.
Manager Jose Mourinho told reporters in Manchester on Friday that he rated Ajax highly but he disagreed with them even being able to take part in the Europa League, let alone reach the final.
“Are they ready? All together, no”. I’m only looking at them to analyse where we can win something. I think if a team doesn’t qualify for the Champions League they should go home.
Mourinho will field a weakened team against Palace and has said third-choice goalkeeper Joel Pereira will start.
United, who drew 0-0 at Southampton on Wednesday, do not finish their domestic season until Sunday, when they host Crystal Palace.
“The only positive is to save my players to give them better conditions for Wednesday”, Mourinho said.
“They (the Premier League) could easily have changed it last week and said, ‘We will give you the best chance to try to win the Europa League, ‘” Allardyce said Thursday.
“This season we are not close to winning the league”.
Mourinho had earlier condemned the fixture congestion which means his team play two league games before the Europa League finale next week. Supporters will understand the hard job they have because it will not be easy for them’.
“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”.