United manager Jose Mourinho has prioritised the Europa League at the expense of securing a top four finish in the Premier League, but will his gamble pay off?
There has been much speculation over the future of United’s record goalscorer, with several national media reports suggesting that he will be on the move this summer.
The season may be rapidly nearing its conclusion but there are still some significant games remaining, with Manchester United, for instance, taking on Ajax in the Europa League final next week, with the game being discussed on the latest edition of the Squawka Talker.
“They are a Champions League team; they come from the Champions League”, Mourinho said.
“Now, he will rest everybody this week and the next time they play, the last time they played together as a team would have been against Celta Vigo”.
Scott McTominay – 2016/17 Reserves apps/gls: 22/3 Another midfielder who was asked to lead the line on occasion for the Reserves this term, and he scored twice at Old Trafford in the win over Southampton towards the start of the campaign.
Mourinho confirmed 19-year-old defenders Tim Fosu-Mensah, back after a shoulder injury, and Axel Tuanzebe would also play on Sunday – a bold, callow line-up borne out of perceived necessity.
José Mourinho has taken a swipe at Ajax ahead of their Europa League final by claiming the Dutch club should not even be in the competition. I just think he has missed a trick. “I always disagree with it”.
“The only positive is for me to save my players and give him the opportunity for Wednesday”.
Mourinho said he was not focused on Wednesday’s final yet, concentrating on the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, and working to get a win.
“But I think the best debut for a young player is in the middle of an experienced structure, where he can be supported”.
I think Ajax make the right investments at the right times.
“I would prefer to give them debuts like I gave to Axel against Reading, to Joel against Wigan – or a big match, but for one player”.
‘Paul is fine, ‘ said Mourinho. Strong guy. Strong mentality. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo (both knee), Luke Shaw (foot) and Ashley Young (hamstring) are out.
Manchester United have played Crystal Palace 15 times in the Premier League and have never lost (W12 D3).
Mourinho stressed that the first season at any new club is always hard, but is more optimistic about 2017-18 after what he has learned this term.
This post was syndicated from Vanguard News.
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