Romero showed he’s ready for Europa League final heroics vs Southampton
All matches in the final round of the league season will be played at 3pm on Sunday, with Mourinho fuming that his side’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm next Wednesday is not considered to be a reason to move the fixture forward to Saturday. In training on Friday, Kieran O’Hara, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Josh Harrop, Matty Willock, Axel Tuanzebe, Angel Gomes, and Zach Dearnley were all involved.
“I think one in the middle of a good structure, a dynamic structure, an experienced structure, I think, yes”. Players need not only to rest but also to play.
“The only positive is to save my players to give them better conditions for Wednesday”, Mourinho said.
“Of course individually for the kids, I think it will be a great experience: Old Trafford, Premier League, Crystal Palace, last match of the season”.
“But I believe we have fantastic players or we would not be in the final”.
“Fosu-Mensah plays Sunday [against Crystal Palace] and if the reaction is good and he plays without problems, he is a new option for us for the final”.
And with Mourinho placing so much importance on that Tuesday session, he is refusing to risk an hour of preparatory work being played out in public in Stockholm.
“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.
“I couldn’t protect him as he needed to play”.
It will not just be kids playing against Palace as Mourinho confirmed Paul Pogba will start after missing the past two matches following the death of his father.
The just returned from suspension Marouane Fellaini (hamstring) also missed training, and he was labeled “a question mark” for Sunday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are definitely out of both matches, with Mourinho bemoaning United’s injury situation when previewing the Ajax clash.
“A final is a final and we have to go to the final with everything like Ajax does because they have finished the season and they do not have any more football to play until the final”. “When I know the battle is lost I don’t fight”.