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Mourinho threatens to play the kids in final Premier League fixture against Palace

Date Posted,April 30, 2017

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has threatened to play the kids in the Red Devils’ final Premier League game of the season – should they make the final of the Europa League.

United host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday May 21 – just three days before the showpiece of Europe’s second-tier competition in Stockholm.

Mourinho’s side host Celta Vigo in the semi-finals and will play either Lyon or Ajax should they negotiate their way past the Spanish outfit.

United drew with Swansea on Sunday, their 10th home stalemate of the season, leaving them a point behind fourth-placed Manchester City and third-placed Liverpool.

The winners of the Europa League will automatically qualify for next season’s Champions League, and Mourinho has already threatened to play a weakened side against Palace should he deem it necessary.

Mourinho has threatened to call upon Nicky Butt’s youngsters (Photo: John Peters)
Swansea celebrate their leveller at Old Trafford (Photo: AFP/Getty)

“It’s a consequence of our success but it’s also of the calendar,” Mourinho said of the Swansea draw.

He added: “Imagine if we were also in the FA Cup semi-final. We will be playing Tottenham the last week, so when we played Burnley, that game would also to be played later.

“When? When? When? When will we be playing that game against Burnley?

“Because until the end of the season we are going to play every two or three days, so when would we be playing against Burnley? After the FA Cup final? In June? In next pre-season? When would we be playing this game?

“So in the end it was a bless that we didn’t play the FA Cup semi-final but we go through the same problem, you are punished for doing well and if we beat Celta, we have the final – in this moment it is obviously hypothetical – but the Europa League final is on the Wednesday and we play against Crystal Palace on the Sunday and before that we play Southampton away two days before.

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