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Mourinho: I won´t make mistakes in my second season

Mourinho: I won´t make mistakes in my second season

Jose Mourinho has admitted he will rest players in order to place emphasis on the Europa League final.

Mourinho confirmed that the returning Paul Pogba will play in order to boost his fitness levels, Eric Bailly is likely to be used given that he is ineligible to play in the Europa League final, Phil Jones has not done enough to secure a starting spot on Wednesday and Juan Mata still lacks fitness.

"The next match Joel (Pereira, United's 20-year-old third-choice goalkeeper) is playing his first match in the Premier League".

'These are examples of trying not to accumulate when people have to play because we do not have other players and I cannot put four or five kids all together in the fire.

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.

"We have a few in crutches but everybody goes".

"But I think 37 matches in five months - we are the team with more [most] matches in Europe".

He also said he had made no attempt to request a change in date because he is convinced it would be rejected, adding "I hope you don't kill me when you see my team".

Their failure to challenge for a 14th Premier League crown means it has been a mixed first season in charge for Mourinho, who could end with two pieces of silverware to his name.

"I'm looking at them and analyse where we can win something, win some details, but, on the other hand, I always look at my team, our strengths and how we can beat opponents".

"They are a Champions League team; they come from the Champions League", Mourinho said.

"The team wasn't ideal but individually they gave me good things".

"The only positive is for me to save my players and give him the opportunity for Wednesday". Marouane Fellaini is the question mark; we wait for today's scans, we decided not to do it yesterday.

"I think they really need my support, Nicky Butt's and supporters to understand hard job they have. For this club we need the trophy".

"I think we played a good team, a good game, against a team that tried to win and tried to finish well and finish eighth".

"Ajax has a very good scouting and education system".

"They showed me that they want to be in the final, they want to be an option".


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