United kids need more time admits Mourinho

Solenn Plantier
Mai 20, 2017

The Portuguese manager then accused some pundits in England of "lying" about the number of matches Manchester United have played and Mourinho's complaints about the demands being placed upon them.

He continued: "I always had the question mark, what happened that stopped Man United being successful in the last three, four, five years?" I think what happened if I did feel exhausted, it would be maybe we'd lost a couple of games and you started to feel sorry for yourself, and that would last a nano-minute.

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has blamed the English Premier League (EPL) schedule for hindering the club's preparations for next Wednesdays Europa League final against Ajax Amsterdam.

"Everybody goes", Mourinho told reporters ahead of Sunday's Premier League match against Crystal Palace.

Mourinho confirmed 19-year-old defenders Tim Fosu-Mensah, back after a shoulder injury, and Axel Tuanzebe would also play on Sunday - a bold, callow line-up borne out of necessity.

"Big players have to say to themselves 'I'm not exhausted.' I mean it, I never ever felt exhausted".

"To play so many kids at the same time, honestly, I don't think it's good.

He needs to play on Sunday", Mourinho said of the French global who recently lost his father but was present at United's training session on Friday.

In Wednesday's 0-0 draw at Southampton he again selected an understrength XI, omitting Marcus Rashford, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and David de Gea. He plays against Palace. Strong guy. Strong mentality.

"He knows that he needs to play on Sunday because he hasn't played or trained for a long time and he needs these minutes on the pitch, so he plays against Palace".

"I never saw that with Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City previous year".

Mourinho is waiting on for the results of scans for Marouane Fellaini, while Wayne Rooney will probably not play.

The Eagles could finish anywhere between 16th and 11th which could make a difference of up to £10 million in prize money to the club and Allardyce knows that will have an impact on his transfer spending.

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