If that turns out to be the case, the clash against Crystal Palace would be his last chance to say goodbye on home turf in a competitive game after 13 years with United.
Rooney’s future at the club is in doubt as the 31-year-old may depart in the summer.
“I hope to play Sergio in the final and hopefully we don’t have problems with the keepers”.
After the game, Mourinho told the club’s website that the Belgium global didn’t think the problem was severe but, regardless, the Portuguese boss will now be sweating over the availability of another senior star ahead of the crunch clash with Ajax on 24th May.
United are guaranteed to finish sixth no matter the result this weekend and with a Europa League final against Ajax coming up on Wednesday, Jose Mourinho has confirmed he’ll field a weakened side against Palace.
“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”. “And he knows he needs to play against Palace because he hasn’t played or trained for a long time”. Marouane Fellaini is a question mark. We decided not to do it yesterday.
“I will put two or three of my boys rotating during the game, making some changes to save them, but I need to give a little structure of four or five of my boys to give some stability to the kids”. Let’s wait for tomorrow but he needed to play. Portugal under-21 goalkeeper Joel Perreira, who has one appearance off the bench this season, is also in contention.
Romero said: “For me, the final is very important”. Why are you [questioner] surprised?
“I understand that from the press’ point of view and your perspective that [the Europa League final] is the big headline”, Mourinho said to Sky Sports after Wednesday’s 0-0 Premier League draw at Southampton.
“Obviously there is a big difference of quality, strength, experience between them and good players, experienced players like Crystal Palace have”. I really don’t know.
Mourinho also said that defender Eric Bailly picked up a minor injury but was not too concerned about the 23-year-old who is ineligible for the Europa League final after being sent off in the semi-final.
“I always disagree with it, I don’t think a team should play in two European competitions in the same season”.