Man United's Romero credits Mourinho for turning a 'nobody' into a star

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

Speaking to Sky Sports after his side's 0-0 draw against Southampton on Wednesday evening, Mourinho said that he thinks that De Gea will play for United in the "first match in pre-season against Los Angeles" in response to whether the 'keeper would play for the club again.

Mourinho also said centre-back Eric Bailly, who is suspended for the final, would feature, as well as Paul Pogba, who has been granted compassionate leave following the death of his father last Friday.

He even asked pal Sam Allardyce to help him out in their match on Sunday, by "going soft on us".

Ajax manager Peter Bosz says he is confident his team can trouble Manchester United in next Wednesday's Europa League final by concentrating on their own game, rather than worrying about what Jose Mourinho might have planned.

Midifelder Marouane Fellaini is doubtful for Manchester United's last league game and next week's Europa League final after sustaining an injury in Wednesday's goalless draw at Southampton.

"When you look at Jose's fixture list, this will be his 63rd game (of the season) on Sunday".

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Allardyce, meanwhile, will also be fielding his fittest team at Old Trafford despite Mourinho's plea.

"We will try to do the same as we always do, we will try to play good football and we hope to win".

Asked if he would have done the same as Mourinho in his position, Allardyce added: "There's no doubt about that". That would happen overseas. "We really want to", Mourinho said.

Both teams are now struggling for form at the moment as they have each won just one game from their last five matches in all competitions, drawing two and losing two.

- Mourinho's United have drawn 15 league games - the club's most in a Premier League season. I hope the fans at Old Trafford support the team, they forgive some naivety, they forgive some lack of confidence. "The players are looking forward with no pressure on them to go perform on one of the biggest stages in football".

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