Mourinho slams Premier League, begs Big Sam for mercy
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho attacked the Premier League on Wednesday, accusing them messing of with his team’s chances of winning the Europa League.
Mourinho said that United’s final game of the season with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday should have been brought forward a day to give his players time to recover ahead of Wednesday night’s European final against Ajax in Stockholm.
Talking to reporters after Wednesday’s dull 0-0 draw with Southampton at St. Mary’s, 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.
“After the moment Palace beat Hull and Hull were relegated and Swansea are safe, the match should have been moved.
“It is frustrating for me and I hope you don’t kill me when you see my team.”
When asked if the Red Devils had appealed to the Premier League to get the game rescheduled, Mourinho said, “When I know a battle is lost I don’t fight a battle.
“I have been here seven years and I never saw any detail trying to care about the English teams involved in European competitions.
“I never saw that with Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City last year. It is a lost cause. We have to accept the way it is.”
The Portuguese said he will field a team of youngsters against Palace and asked the Eagles’ manager Sam Allardyce to go easy on him.
“I hope the fans at Old Trafford on Sunday the support the team; they forgive naivety and some lack of confidence.
“I hope Big Sam shows he is a good friend and he asks Wilfried Zaha to go slow and leaves Chrsitian Benteke at home and they go soft on us.
“I will bring in (Demitri) Mitchell, (Scott) McTominay, of course Axel (Tuanzebe), of course Eric Bailly, (Matty) Willock will come too, Josh Harrop will come, Zachary (Dearnley) will come.
“I will put two or three of my boys rotating during the game. I need to give four or five of my boys a run to give some stability to the kids.”
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