Man United held by Southampton in 0-0 stalemate

Solenn Plantier
Mai 18, 2017

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says the players are determined to build momentum ahead of the Europa League final by finishing the Premier League season on a high. "I think the first match against LA Galaxy in pre-season", Mourinho told BBC Sport. The team wasn't ideal but individually they gave me good things. United last played in Houston in 2010, when they beat an MLS All-Stars team 5-2.

United, criticized for playing cautiously under Mourinho, has scored just two goals in its last five games.

'We played a good team, a team who tried to win and tried to finish well. Comments Jose after the match with the "spurs" were the following: - "The remaining group of matches in the championship we are not interested, all our thoughts in the final of the Europa League".

"I hope to play Joel Pereira against Palace and Sergio in the Europa final". You can't shy away from the final but, in the same respect, in training and during games, we'll want to make an impression on the manager. Look what we did against Schalke in the Euro quarter-final (scoring twice with 10 men in the second leg to win 4-3 on aggregate).

Asked if he had submitted a request for the game to be moved, Mourinho replied: "I don't lose time. But in the second half in terms of opportunities, we deserved to score and had seven or eight shots on target", Puel said. Claude Puel will be without Virgil van Dijk and Alex McCarthy for the game with United.

But Ed Woodward, the club's executive vice chairman, said: "As we near the end of the season, I am delighted we have picked up two trophies so far, and look forward to competing for a third in the Europa League final, the only trophy we have never won".

"The game is not revenge because it's important to keep a good energy", the coach stated.

Mourinho insists the fact United will finish sixth regardless of the outcome of Sunday's visit of Crystal Palace and that their visitors are also safe from relegation, with three teams already down, means they should instead be playing on Saturday.

Mourinho said Axel Tuanzebe, who has started United's last three league games, would be involved, along with his fellow academy graduates Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Matty Willock, Josh Harrop and Zachary Dearnley.

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