Mourinho vows to keep De Gea at Manchester United

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Romero will start against Ajax in Stockholm next Wednesday and his early save from Manolo Gabbiadini helped the visitors stop the rot after successive losses to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Mourinho said: "In any country in the world the match would be on Saturday, because Sunday we are sixth and Crystal Palace are safe".

Romero's form as back-up for De Gea this season has been very impressive, giving Mourinho plenty to ponder ahead of an offseason when Real Madrid could come back in for De Gea following interest in the goalkeeper in previous transfer windows.

Jose Mourinho revealed after the goalless draw at Southampton that he would be playing mainly his younger players on Sunday for the final game of the season with the Europa League final following on just three days later.

"But I know what I gave and I know what the players gave". I hope to play Sergio [Romero] in the final. I hope he goes soft on us.

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"I never saw that with Chelsea, I never saw that with Manchester United, with (Champions League semi-finalists) Manchester City a year ago". He tells to Zaha to go slow, he leaves Benteke at home.

The Red Devils are guaranteed a sixth place finish in the Premier League, while their opponents for the weekend in Crystal Palace occupy 13th spot after condemning Hull City to the drop.

"I think we played a good team, a good game, against a team that tried to win and tried to finish well and finish eighth". Hopefully we don't have problems with these two keepers.

It's an easy ask for us to play on Saturday. The Saints have also failed to score in their last four home games as they prepare to host 14th-placed Stoke City in the final game of the season on Sunday. In England, however, Mourinho said there had never been any concessions to clubs that go far in European competitions. It's very important as it can give confidence and we needed confidence at the beginning of the game.

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

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