Jamie Redknapp: This is what Man United lack under Jose Mourinho

"I think if a team goes to the Champions League and then doesn't qualify, should go home, shouldn't have the opportunity to go and play Europa League".

Mourinho has thrown all of his focus towards Europe resting players in the Premier League as United failed to stay in the race for the top four.

Jose Mourinho has commended Paul Pogba for his positive response to the death of his father as he prepares to recall him for the final day of the Premier League campaign.

This was a manager who had caused a rift so big between his players at Stamford Bridge that they were sitting just a point above the relegation zone when he was no longer required by owner Roman Abramovic.

"With so many at the same time, I think they really need my support, (reserves manager) Nicky Butt's support (and) supporters to understand the hard job they have, because it will not be an easy one for them".

He said: "We will have two keepers, Joel Pereira and Kieran O'Hara, and we will have Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Matty Willock, Josh Harrop, Angel Gomes, Zachary Dearnley, Axel Tuanzebe, so lots of them". Strong guy. Strong mentality.

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Jose Mourinho promised to play the kids at Old Trafford this afternoon, and that's precisely what he has done. Marouane Fellaini is the question mark; we wait for today's scans, we decided not to do it yesterday.

While Ibrahimovic won't be featuring in the final because of a knee injury, the Swede will travel with Manchester United and will receive a winners' medal if the Red Devils beat Ajax on the night to win the Europa League.

The Portuguese also spoke of the "unbelievable" fixture schedule and took aim at those that "like to lie" about United's situation.

"I wasn't surprised, I really don't know why you are surprised they reached the final", he said.

Regardless of how much money any Premier League footballer is earning at their club, it's still very encouraging to see players acknowledging their supporters with gestures like this one.

There is an air of disappointment and expectancy around Old Trafford as Crystal Palace come visiting. The way he was surrounded by exciting youth only seemed to emphasise the feeling that the 31-year-old is yesterday's man - and it was quite a moment when he was substituted late on, to a rapturous reception, for Gomes, a player he is nearly twice as old as.

  • Tabitha Byrd