Mourinho vows to keep Madrid target De Gea at Manchester United

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

Jose Mourinho has confirmed he does not expect David de Gea to play for Manchester United again this season, but insists he wants to keep the goalkeeper he regards as the world's best.

That news did little to quell rumours of De Gea's imminent departure, with his appearance against Tottenham last time out possibly his final in a United shirt, but Mourinho moved quickly to confirm the Spaniard is still firmly in his plans. "Tells (Wilfried) Zaha to go slow, leaves (Christian) Benteke at home; I hope he goes soft on us".

Speaking after Wednesday night's dire 0-0 draw at Southampton, Mourinho said: "In any country in the world the match would be Saturday because we are sixth no matter what and Crystal Palace are safe".

Having denied Gabbiadini after Eric Bailly handled the ball on the edge of the penalty area, Romero also kept out a fierce Dusan Tadic free kick in the second half before United's Anthony Martial hit the woodwork.

Mourinho is unhappy United's final match of the season at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday has not been brought forward 24 hours to give his players longer to prepare for next Wednesday's crunch match with Ajax in Stockholm.

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"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. I think the first match against LA Galaxy in pre-season in Los Angeles.

Asked if United had appealed directly to the Premier League for the game to be switched, Mourinho added: "When I know a battle is lost I don't fight a battle". Sergio had a very good performance - more than very good.

Southampton struggled to relieve the pressure building on manager Claude Puel against an under-strength United. "But in the second half in terms of opportunities, we deserved to score and had seven or eight shots on target", Puel said.

"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".

"It's a third penalty miss".

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