Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

'Don't kill me' for playing kids, begs Mourinho

'Don't kill me' for playing kids, begs Mourinho

"It was hard first half I think this game without good intensity and I don't know if the penalty gives a bad feeling for the players but it was not enough".

"I hope to play Joel Pereira against Palace (in the last Premier League game of the season on Sunday) and Sergio in the Europa final".

"I never saw that with Chelsea, I never saw that with Manchester United, with (Champions League semi-finalists) Manchester City previous year. They showed they want to be in that final".

De Gea was left out of the United squad which drew 0-0 with Southampton at St Mary's and is not expected to play again this season. I hope you don't kill me when you see my team.

The Argentina global, deputising for the rested David de Gea, also produced a string of saves early in the second half at St Mary's to keep Claude Puel's Southampton at bay. "I hope he goes soft on us".

Paul Pogba has been unavailable for United since his father Fassou passed away
Paul Pogba has been unavailable for United since his father Fassou passed away

"I'm happy we played like that because they know this match didn't matter, counted for nothing, so I give them credit", Mourinho said of his team.

With the Europa League final providing a path into next season's Champions League the game could define whether Mourinho's season at United can be regarded as a success or failure. He tells [Wilfried] Zaha to go slow, he leaves [Christian] Benteke at home.

Southampton struggled to relieve the pressure building on manager Claude Puel against an under-strength United.

The Saints stayed eighth, which is the highest position they can hope to achieve ahead of Sunday's final game at home to Stoke City. They're going to say "oh well that's unlucky" or "next time we'll try and get that right", so the lad that dived gets punished but then the lad that gets punished when he didn't dive. they're going to have to reverse that somehow.

"Any team has a debrief at the end of the season and this is normal but the end of the season is after the last game", said Puel, 55.

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