Jose Mourinho Warns Youngsters Will Need Support Against Crystal Palace


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.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that as many as 10 youngsters will be included the squad for the final game of the Premier League season against Crystal Palace this weekend as he looks to preserve senior stars for the Europa League final.

Crystal Palace have lost 12 times to Manchester United in the Premier League, more than any other side they’ve faced. Smalling has “a problem” but should be fit for Ajax. “I had some first-team football in the first division and that helped me a lot in my development – it was a very good experience”.

“Marouane is a question mark”. I enjoy the second because in the second I know I’m not making mistakes.

Pereira made his first-team debut as a substitute in January’s Emirates FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic and, earlier this month, Mourinho said he could be “the best Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation”.

“I don’t think Paul has the conditions to play; we will let him be completely free to come back when he thinks he is ready to be back”, he explained in Tuesday’s press conference.

Should Ajax take the day against United and lift the Europa League trophy, record signing, Pogba and Ibrahimovic are likely to get a wage cut.

“Paul is fine – strong guy, strong mentality”, Mourinho explained. He knows that he needs to play on Sunday because he doesn’t play or train for a long time and he needs these minutes on the pitch, so he plays against Palace.

“We will have the two goalkeepers Joel and O’Hara, we will have Mitchell, McTominay, Josh Harrop, Matthew Willock, Gomes, Zachary, plus Fosu-Mensah and Axel”.

“I hope the fans at Old Trafford support the team, they forgive some naivety, they forgive some lack of confidence”, Mourinho said.

“He played 90 minutes in the last game [against Southampton], so probably not”.

“I don’t know”, the United boss said. We wait today for the scans. I think they are paid not to lie they are paid to be honest and speak from their knowledge to the people that watch TV and read papers.

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