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Jose Mourinho Warns Youngsters Will Need Support Against Crystal Palace

20 May 2017, 01:31 | Taylor George

Jose Mourinho Warns Youngsters Will Need Support Against Crystal Palace

GFX Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid

Mourinho said Paul Pogba - the world's most expensive player - will play on Sunday having missed the past two games after the death of his father, while fellow midfielder Marouane Fellaini will have a scan on a hamstring injury.

Fellaini limped off during the second half at St Mary's with a muscle injury. It's a problem for the weekend but not for the final.

Allardyce is already without Andros Townsend for a fixture Mourinho says will be started by his 20-year-old third-choice goalkeeper Joel Pereira. "Timothy Fosu-Mensah, he plays Sunday and if the reaction is good and if he manages the game without problems he's a new option for us for the final".

After his side played a boring goalless draw on Wednesday night against Southampton, Mourinho also asked the coach of Crystal Palace Sam Allardyce to go easy in the match.

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Numerous first-team players will be rested ahead of the Ajax match, with captain Wayne Rooney set to be among them after playing 90 minutes at Southampton on Wednesday. One in the middle of a good and dynamic team maybe, but not all at once. "I need to give a little stretch to four or five of my [senior] boys and to give some stability to the kids because I do not think the kids by themselves will be in condition to play the game".

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

"Of course individually for the kids, I think it will be a great experience: Old Trafford, Premier League, Crystal Palace, last match of the season".

"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".

"We played a good team, a team who tried to win and tried to finish well".

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent.

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