Manchester United, with aging youth team in last competitieduel
Manchester United manager José Mourinho will be Sunday in the last round of the Premier League aged youth team preparation, so that are main players fit for the Europa League final against Ajax.
“Three or four basisspelers will have a half to play against Crystal Palace, so there is some experience in the team,” said Mourinho on Friday at a press conference in Manchester.
The Portuguese reported that the young players Joel Pereira, Kieran O’hara, Demetri Mitchell, Josh Harrop, Angel Gomes, Scott McTominay, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe in action during the match at Old Trafford.
“Or they are ready for it? No. Maybe one or two if they are in a structured and experienced team. But all at once, no, they are actually not ready for. It is actually not good to have so many young guys at the same time to play.”
Fosu-Mensah will be against Crystal Palace his comeback after three weeks ago against Manchester City with a shoulder injury suffered. The 19-year-old Dutch defender was between 2006 and 2014 in the youth of Ajax, Wednesday in Stockholm, the opponent of United in the final showdown of the Europa League.
“If the reaction on Sunday is good and that he will without problems get through at first, then Fosu-Mensah is a new option for the final,” said Mourinho, who certainly knows that his team, the sixth will end up in the Premier League.
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United by Ajax without the defenders Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young (all injured) and Eric Bailly (suspended), allowing the comeback of Fosu-Mensah is no superfluous luxury for Mourinho.
The manager, who also must operate without the zwaargeblesseerde top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, had better news regarding central defender Chris Smalling. “He has a small problem, but that is not a problem for next week.”
Marouane Fellaini, the midfielder who last Wednesday went out in the competitieduel with Southampton (0-0), it is still a question mark for the duel with Ajax. “We have to wait for the scans today,” said Mourinho.
Paul Pogba missed the duel with Southampton because he is in France at the funeral of his father was, but the Frenchman will on Sunday play against Crystal Palace. Mourinho: “He has the minutes, because he already has a while not trained or played on.”
The former coach of Chelsea and Real Madrid denounced Friday yet again from the busy schedule of United, especially this calendar year. The ‘Mancunians’ played up to now, 37 games in 2017.
“That is really an incredible number. We have in five months, almost a very Premier League-season games played,” said Mourinho, which some analysts blamed that they “lie” about the full schedule of his team.
“Some people love to lie. They are paid to be honest, but some lie.”
The Europa League final between Ajax and Manchester United begins Wednesday at 20.45 hours at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. The first European final battle of Amsterdam, in 21 years, is led by the Slovenian arbitrator Damir Skomina.
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