Mourinho bets the house on Europa League glory

In his press conference before his team's final game of the Premier League season, the Manchester United head coach was asked about the young players he meant to include his match-day squad for the match against Crystal Palace.

At the interval their threat constituted a Christian Benteke foray and a Luka Milivojevic free-kick at either ends of the half. "I am in a final now".

I have seen in the football media that certain pundits can not understand why our players are exhausted.

Under Mourinho, United have signed the world's most expensive player, signed the Bundesliga player of the season, gone 25 games unbeaten, and still managed to finish lower than Van Gaal did previous year.

Mourinho's post-match press conference was even more abrupt, having entered the room while most of the journalists at the ground were still in the press box to watch the players taking part in a lap of honour.

Joel Pereira will start in goal, while Demitri Mitchell, Matty Willock, Josh Harrop, Zak Dearnley and Scott McTominay are all in line for places in the matchday squad.

The 21-year-old starlet scored for Man United on his debut at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace as Jose Mourinho fielded a much-changed XI with the Europa League final in mind.

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After just 14 minutes, 21-year-old midfielder Harrop, who had already enjoyed a couple of exciting forays down the left flank, raced onto a superb through ball from Pogba.

Perhaps most worryingly for Manchester United fans has been their performances in clashes with other sides in the top six with Mourinho consistently setting up defensively and looking to counter.

It's not been the happiest first season at Old Trafford for Jose but it could still work out if they beat Ajax on Wednesday night.

Sam Allardyce knew he had missed his best chance of notching his first win over Mourinho but top-flight survival had been achieved a week earlier and that was all that really mattered to the Eagles. But then I had a period where it was a bit more hard.

Mourinho also gave Angel Gomes his debut as a late replacement for captain Wayne Rooney, becoming the first player born in 2000 to feature in a Premier League match - and the youngest to have represented United in the competition.

Not on that lengthy list of young players: Matt Olosunde.


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