Jose Mourinho has revealed he will hand several youngsters their Manchester United debuts against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday, while Paul Pogba will return to the team after his father's death.
Manchester United produced a boring and toothless display away to Southampton on Wednesday night, registering their 15th draw of the league season, their most ever in a Premier League campaign. I never saw that with Chelsea, I never saw that with Manchester United, I never saw that with Manchester City previous year. I'm only looking at them to analyse where we can win something. It's frustrating for me.
"The reality is that since January we have played 37 matches, and in the Premier League are 38 matches so we have played a complete Premier League minus one match in five months - which is what a team normally does for a year. The most important is the club and the fans and we will go there in Stockholm to win".
"So I think it's just a lost battle".
Jose Mourinho has complained on several occasions that the powers that be should have done more to help his injury-hit team to prepare for their midweek European final. "We have to accept the way it is". I don't think it's good that there is a such a big difference in quality and strength between the kids and Crystal Palace.
He said: "This season we are not close to winning the league".
Mourinho has launched a strong defence of £89.3m signing Paul Pogba, insisting he remains the best midfielder in the world.
"It's a great experience for the kids but they are not ready".
"The next match Joel (Pereira, United's 20-year-old third-choice goalkeeper) is playing his first match in the Premier League".
Romero's form as back-up for De Gea this season has been very impressive, giving Mourinho plenty to ponder ahead of an offseason when Real Madrid could come back in for De Gea following interest in the goalkeeper in previous transfer windows. "And I hope that Big Sam (Allardyce, the Palace manager) shows he is a good friend and he goes slow".
According to reports, Mourinho's men will also share a whopping £1million bonus as incentives for a job well done.
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