Manchester United's Wayne Rooney may miss out on Old Trafford send-off


The Red Devils fell out of next season's Champions League qualification spot on the log after going winless in their last five English topflight games, but a win over Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday will guarantee them an automatic qualification to play in Uefa's top tier championship in the coming season.

"We've made a lot of changes behind the scenes, changes on the field, and in the end we've got what we wanted, we're safe with a game to go, we jumped a few places in the league, and everyone should be very satisfied with what they've achieved since I arrived".

"Paul Pogba is fine - strong guy, strong mentality", Mourinho said. 'We will have Demetri Mitchell, McTominay, Josh Harrop, Matthew Willock, Angel Gomes and Zachary Dearnley.

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.

"Just come and get in amongst it, where I'm most familiar, and try and help another team that's said 'We're in a hard position, do you think you can help us get out of it?'"

Palace's Premier League status was secured with last weekend's 4-0 defeat of Hull, but they remain capable of finishing anywhere between 11th and 16th, meaning that under the terms of the present television deal a significant bonus could be earned.

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"Chris Smalling has a small problem". One in the middle of a good structure, an experienced structure, I think yes.

"I don't know", the United boss said. And if we win the trophy, David wins the trophy because he played two matches against Feyenoord and against Fenerbahce. But I don't think the players should be interested in the money.

'To play so many kids at the same time I don't think is good because there is a big difference of quality, strength and experience between them and good, experienced players.

Ajax played their final domestic game of the season last Sunday, winning 3-1 away to Willem II.

Mourinho fired the first shot in anger at United's opponents in Stockholm, claiming Ajax had no right being in the Europa League.

"They shouldn't have the opportunity to play the Europa League - the Europa League is for teams who go into the Europa League like us".