'Don't kill me' for playing kids, begs Mourinho


"It was hard first half I think this game without good intensity and I don't know if the penalty gives a bad feeling for the players but it was not enough". I enjoy the second because in the second I know I'm not making mistakes.

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For United, this was simply the latest box to be ticked in an extended warm-up to the match on which their next 12 months now hinges, and while that may reasonably be considered a joyless way to treat the latter stages of a Premier League campaign, there will be no apologies from manager Jose Mourinho if his strategy pays off.

"The team was not flawless but I think the players individually gave me good things, they showed a great attitude and they showed me they want to be in the final".

United's busy run of fixtures continued with a 0-0 draw at Southampton on Wednesday, a clash which marked their fifth game this month. I hope you don't kill me when you see my team.

Mourinho insists the fact United will finish sixth regardless of the outcome of Sunday's visit of Crystal Palace and that their visitors are also safe from relegation, with three teams already down, means they should instead be playing on Saturday.

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"I think if a team goes to the Champions League and then doesn't qualify, they should go home, they shouldn't have the opportunity to play in the Europa League".

Romero, second choice to David De Gea in the Premier League but preferred in Europe's second-tier competition throughout the season, seems to have cemented his place for the showdown in Sweden's capital.

"I hope Big Sam shows he is a good friend and he asks Wilfried Zaha to go slow and leaves Chrsitian Benteke at home and they go soft on us". "From the moment Palace beat Hull, I think the match had to be on Saturday".

Mourinho says he will pick Zak Dearnley, 18, Axel Tuanzebe, 19, 20-year-olds Demetri Mitchell, Matty Willock, Scott McTominay, keeper Joel Castro Pereira and Josh Harrop, 21, with none listed in the 25.

Marouane Fellaini came off rubbing the back of his right thigh against Southampton, but Mourinho said the Belgian midfielder was confident he had not torn his hamstring.

"Any team has a debrief at the end of the season and this is normal but the end of the season is after the last game", said Puel, 55.