Jose Mourinho makes club history with Crystal Palace team selection

May 22, 2017, 15:17
Jose Mourinho makes club history with Crystal Palace team selection

United's youngsters did not flounder against Sam Allardyce's experienced side in the league finale at Old Trafford, with Josh Harrop marking his first appearance with a goal that Paul Pogba added to as United comfortably won 2-0.

Pogba, who had not played for 10 days following the death of his father Fassou Antoine, was given a half of action by the United manager and responded not only with his goal but by setting up the opener.

Not that manager Mourinho was in any mood to share his views ahead of a game which has a place in the Champions League at stake.

"Don't ask me too many things because now I am in a final", he told in-house channel MUTV. "Let me go home, I am in a final now".

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"I have seen in the football media that certain pundits can not understand why our players are exhausted", he wrote ahead of the game at Old Trafford. "I am in a final now".

Given the fact that Martial and Lingard were both given 45 minutes in that outing, it looks as if it will be a toss up between those two for who will get a starting birth in Stockholm.

United's defence was soon breathing a sigh of relief as former United winger Wilfried Zaha sent in a cross met by a superb Christian Benteke header struck the base of the post.

Mourinho also gave Angel Gomes his debut as a late replacement for captain Wayne Rooney, becoming the first player born in 2000 to feature in a Premier League match - and the youngest to have represented United in the competition.

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"The only positive is for me to save my players and give him the opportunity for Wednesday". Winning the Europa League would ensure a happy ending, but another sixth-placed finish next season is unlikely to be tolerated.

And it was 21-year-old midfielder Harrop who provided the highlight of the game when he marked his senior bow with a superb strike to open the scoring in the 15th minute.

The England Under-20 worldwide became United's 100th different goalscorer in the Premier League, and he has admitted that his contribution was a dream moment for him after progressing through the ranks at Old Trafford.

The 21-year-old England youth worldwide took control of a brilliantly delivered long ball from Paul Pogba and worked some individual magic inside the box to create space for a well-placed right-footed shot that Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey watched sail into the far corner.

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