Sergio Romero saves penalty as Man United draw at Southampton

Following United's goalless draw at Southampton on Wednesday, Mourinho said the Palace match should have been brought forward at least a day to give his side the best chance against Ajax.

The Portuguese manager told Omnisport: "I think the problem is the tag, the price tag on his back".

Mourinho said after Southampton that he saw no point in making a last-minute plea to league chiefs to move the game and plans to blood several youngsters against Palace.

JOSE MOURINHO, on his "wish list" for the meaningless final Premier League game against Crystal Palace. I hope you don't kill me when you see my team. When I know that the battle is lost, I don't fight the battle. "They showed me they want to be an option for the (Europa League) final".

United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Romero will start against Ajax in Stockholm next Wednesday and his early save from Manolo Gabbiadini helped the visitors stop the rot after successive losses to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Worse than that, Mourinho effectively let De Gea off for the summer when he said that the next time he would play would be in Manchester United's pre-season tour in America.

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"I'm here (in English football) already seven years; I never saw any detail of trying to care about the English teams involved in European competitions".

"I don't go with (Romero can replace De Gea) "if he leaves" because I hope he doesn't", he said.

Belgian global Fellaini was substituted in the 75th minute and had a brief talk with manager Jose Mourinho before walking straight down the tunnel with what appeared to be a muscle problem.

Mourinho also revealed the strategy for the upcoming home game. "After the season we have time to discuss and speak about this, and make a debrief".

"It is important to keep the good focus about the pitch and we have the possibility to finish (eighth in) the table".

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