Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Friday revealed that midfielder Paul Pogba and some youth players will play against Crystal Palace in his team’s last Premier League game of the season as he looks forward to Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax at the Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Mourinho had earlier condemned the fixture congestion which means his team play two league games before the Europa League finale next week.
“Paul Pogba is fine. Strong guy. Strong mentality. He needs to play on Sunday,” Mourinho said of the French international who recently lost his father but was present at United’s training session on Friday.
“To play so many kids at the same time, honestly, I don’t think is good.
“I think they really need my support, Nicky Butt’s and supporters to understand difficult job they have. It’ll not be easy for them.
“Youngsters like Joel Pereira, Kieran O’Hara, Demetri Mitchell, Josh Harrop, Angel Gomes, Scott McTominay. Tomothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe will all be involved plus three or four first team players,” Mourinho stated.
The former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager also gave fitness update of his senior players ahead of Sunday’s match against Palace.
“Chris Smalling has a small problem for Sunday, he will be fine for Wednesday.”
Mourinho is waiting on for the results of scans for Marouane Fellaini, while Wayne Rooney will probably not play.
Meanwhile Mourinho hinted at his news conference on Friday that star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be in his come country on Wednesday for the Europa League final, despite a knee injury that ended his season.
Mourinho said: “Everybody goes on Wednesday. We have a few on crutches but everybody goes.”
The Portuguese manager then accused some pundits in England of “lying” about the number of matches Manchester United have played and Mourinho’s complaints about the demands being placed upon them.
“Some people like to lie. They are paid to be honest and speak with their knowledge. But some lie. Since January we have played 37 matches. Played complete Premier League season minus one match in five months.
“We had four big injuries that reduced the number of people. Jones/Smalling were both injured on England duty in one week. Then our squad was reduced to a number that put us in big problems.”