Mourinho Says Ajax Shouldn't Even Be In Europa League


Mourinho Says Ajax Shouldn't Even Be In Europa League

Peter Bosz has reiterated that Manchester United can not use fatigue as an excuse ahead of next week's Europa League final against his Ajax side. "Timothy Fosu-Mensah, he plays Sunday and if the reaction is good and if he manages the game without problems he's a new option for us for the final".

'We will have two goalkeepers - Joel Pereira and Kieran O'Hara, ' said Mourinho.

"[Chris] Smalling has a problem but a small problem that I think no problem at all for next week".

"Everyone goes", Mourinho said of his travelling party.

"To play so many kids at the same time, honestly, I don't think it's good".

"They (United) have a bigger budget, so they may feel more pressure".

"I hope the fans on Sunday support the team, they forgive some naivety, they forgive some lack of confidence and I hope Big Sam (Allardyce, Palace's manager) shows he's a good friend and he goes slow".

"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".

Manchester United have missed out on a place in the top four in the Premier League, meaning that winning the trophy in Sweden next week is their last remaining chance of Champions League qualification.

However, with United certain to finish sixth in the table and Palace safe, they are unlikely to face action. "He played 90 minutes in the last match, probably not".

Coupled with some youthful players, the United boss is expected to include Paul Pogba in the line up.

"I wasn't surprised, I really don't know why you're surprised they reached the final", Mourinho added.

Other starters at Southampton including Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe trained away from the main group along with Antonio Valencia, who was rested.

United take on Ajax in Stockholm next Wednesday.

He said he was in favour of the Europa League being for teams which were contesting the tournament from the start, not teams that attempted to qualify for the Champions League and were excluded in the play-off stage.

"The first season is hard".