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Doug Mendoza
May 20, 2017

Jose Mourinho says the Premier League's unwillingness to help Manchester United prepare for their Europa League final will force him to pick youth players against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

"David? I think the first match against LA Galaxy in pre-season in Los Angeles", explained Mourinho when asked when De Gea may next play for United.

Romero will be rested when United take on Crystal Palace in their final Premier League game of the season at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Portuguese youngster Joel Pereira set for his debut.

'We have the Argentina national goalkeeper and the Spanish national goalkeeper - two of the best national teams in the world, ' said Mourinho. For this reason, we must take them on, but given 10 of their last 15 at Old Trafford have finished all-square we'll keep the draw onside.

Mourinho also reiterated his optimism De Gea would remain at the club, having earlier confirmed he would not play again this season, and amid increasing speculation linking the Spaniard with a transfer to Real Madrid.

"I don't go with [Romero can replace De Gea] "if he leaves" because I hope he doesn't", Mourinho said.

And Mourinho said that, despite an imperfect display, he was pleased with his side's desire to prove themselves ahead of the Ajax clash - signalling out Romero for individual praise.

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He was just 7 of 19 from the floor, 2 of 7 from 3-point range. "We did a lot to push it to seven games against that team". Not only were the C's just 12-for-38 (31.6%) from three-point range, they also finished 3-of-13 on uncontested threes.

"They showed me that they want to be in the final, they want to be an option".

"Of course, Sergio had a very good performance".

Southampton struggled to relieve the pressure building on manager Claude Puel against an under-strength United.

United, who lined up with Wayne Rooney up front, went close twice in the first half, Anthony Martial dragging wide from Rooney's pass and Henrikh Mkhitaryan drawing a low save from Forster.

Mourinho believes that United should be allowed to instead play on Saturday, with little riding on his side's fixture against Palace, and will not be afraid to turn to the club's academy players to keep his star names fresh.

"It's a third penalty miss". "It's a huge game for us, we're excited about the final and we've won a cup already".

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