“In any country in the world the match would be Saturday, because Sunday we are sixth, doesn’t matter what, and Crystal Palace are safe”, said the Portuguese.
By effectively forfeiting the race for a top-four finish and putting all his eggs into the Europa League basket, the United manager has ramped up the pressure on his players.
But this season he has struggled to make the impact that the club and fans were expecting after the underwhelming seasons from David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
“I will be picking a team that I think will perform well”. I arrived here [on a] free [transfer], nobody knew me and now Jose [Mourinho] gave me a lot of confidence and the players give me a lot of confidence and for me it’s very important.
Romero has been Jose Mourinho’s goalkeeper of choice in the Europa League this season and the shot-stopper looks set to start for the Red Devils in the final in Stockholm next week.
“There is work to be done”.
Crystal Palace had a great run this season beating Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool and a win here will mean that they have beaten the historic big 4 teams.
“We played a good team, a team who tried to win and tried to finish well”, Mourinho said after visiting goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved a barrage of hard shots, including Manolo Gabbiadini’s fifth-minute penalty.
“Yes”, said Schweinsteiger. “He also told me personally”.
“I don’t think Paul has the conditions to play; we will let him be completely free to come back when he thinks he is ready to be back”, he explained in Tuesday’s press conference.
“If his transfer fee was half of what it was, everyone would be saying; ‘What a buy, he is playing more than good'”.
“He had very good matches”. I hope they have learned from previous games and I am just looking forward. “He has to develop, of course he has to”. Despite his struggles at Real Madrid, the 25-year-old remains a massive world star and he would provide more creativity to the United attack.
It’s not often you’ll find United at 2.3 on home soil to Palace, but Mourinho has made it clear that he’s going to play a second-string side.
United said its participation in the second-tier tournament, in the current season, had proved financially positive.
“It’s very hard. The good thing with Wayne is that he’s very much a club man. He behaves in the best possible way”.