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

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

"I think all of them gave me positive feelings". It's just a lost battle.

"I never saw that with Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City a year ago".

Jose Mourinho had an interesting response to a question regarding David de Gea after the match against Southampton. I hope to play Sergio [Romero] in the final.

Sergio Romero saved a fifth minute penalty as Southampton and Manchester United played out a 0-0 draw at St Mary's on Wednesday. I never saw. I never saw.

The Portuguese boss has confirmed the fact that it won't affect anyone's position on the table will be enough as he looks to keep his players in the best possible shape for the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm on May 24. It's a job we need to do and hopefully we can go there and do it.

"I hope the fans at Old Trafford support the team, they forgive some naivety, they forgive some lack of confidence", Mourinho said. "I hope the crowd enjoys that in spite of it not being a big strong, Man Utd team and I hope Big Sam shows he's really a friend and he goes slow and leaves [Christian] Benteke at home!"

Mourinho also said centre-back Eric Bailly, who is suspended for the final, would feature, as well as Paul Pogba, who has been granted compassionate leave following the death of his father last Friday.

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.

"Fellaini, on top of his experience, he says it's not a tear", Mourinho told the club's website. Southampton's wait for a home goal moved past the six-hour mark, hardly a great statistic for under-pressure manager Claude Puel.

"Any teams have a debrief at the end of the season and this is normal but the end of the season is after the last game and the last game is very important".

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