EPL schedule harming Europa League chances: Mourinho

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

Asked who was in contention, Mourinho said: "You will have the two goalkeepers, Joel Pereira and Kieran O'Hara". Lots of them together, I think no.

Souness is aware that United are forced to pay a premium for any player such is their stature as a club, but feels Pogba still has work to do to justify such a large outlay.

"It's very hard because during my career I had this kind of situation of getting players - awesome players with wonderful history - in the last period of their career", he told Omnisport.

The Red Devils will finish sixth in Mourinho's first campaign at the helm, but did win the EFL Cup and face Ajax in the Europa League showpiece next Wednesday.

"The only positive is to save my players to give them better conditions for Wednesday", Mourinho said.

"I think one in the middle of a good structure, a dynamic structure, an experienced structure, I think, yes".

Mourinho is waiting on for the results of scans for Marouane Fellaini, while Wayne Rooney will probably not play. He didn't play for three matches due to suspension.

Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville all received the same accolade in the early 1990s and, in recent years, the likes of Axel Tuanzebe and Marcus Rashford have been honoured.

"Big players have to say to themselves 'I'm not exhausted.' I mean it, I never ever felt exhausted".

Palace manager Sam Allardyce insists, though, that his side has no shortage of incentives at Old Trafford. I enjoy the second because in the second I know I'm not making mistakes.

He is finally in a position to begin his preparations for next season, when he hopes to avoid another battle against relegation, and discussing how much Sunday's game could affect that, he said: "The budget will get bigger if we can go up a couple of places".

"The chairman [Steve Parish] has pointed that out to me like every chairman I've worked for, which is always an important part of each year's growth".

"And we had four big injuries with surgeries that reduced immediately the number of players". You only know them when you have them in good moments and bad moments.

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