Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United’s final Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace means nothing and has explained why it has impacted his team selection.
The Portuguese boss has confirmed the fact that it won’t affect anyone’s position on the table will be enough as he looks to keep his players in the best possible shape for the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm on May 24.
Man United face Crystal Palace just three days before the most important fixture of their season and there’s no doubt Mourinho will be making plenty of changes to his side as he won’t want to risk his best players.
Speaking about his team, Mourinho claims the game means nothing for Palace, United or the other 18 clubs in the league.
“The last match against Crystal Palace, two days before the final, for me is unacceptable especially because we are sixth and never [finishing] fifth, never [finishing] seventh and Crystal Palace is not going to be relegated too,” he said.
“It is a game that means nothing for the table at all. It means nothing for us, it means nothing for Palace, means nothing for all the other 18 clubs.
“So it [my selection] will be different on Sunday.”
He claimed he would have preferred to be on the training ground than play Southampton and after playing Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marouane Fellaini against Southampton for David de Gea, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba.
A frustrated Mourinho is making the most of his opportunity to rotate players and give them a rest before a must-win fixture.