Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss says youngsters ‘not ready’ for first team

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says some of the club’s young players “are not ready” for first-team action.


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Mourinho has named eight players who could make their debuts in his squad for Sunday’s last Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace.

“To play so many kids at the same time, honestly, I don’t think is good. You want them
to be surrounded by players who support them,” said the Portuguese.

United are guaranteed sixth place, while Palace are safe from relegation.

Sam Allardyce’s side are 13th going into the match at Old Trafford (15:00 BST kick-off),

but a victory and other results going their way
could see them finish as high as 11th.

Mourinho’s side face Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm on Wednesday knowing victory will earn them a place in the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

Who are the youngsters?

Goalkeepers: Kieran O’Hara (21), Joel Castro Pereira (20).

Defender: Demetri Mitchell (20).

Midfielders: Zachary Dearnley (19), Angel

Gomes (16), Josh Harrop (21), Scott

McTominay (20), Matthew Willock (20).

In addition, striker Marcus Rashford, who has

11 goals this season, defender Timothy Fosu-

Mensah, who has played 10 times this season,and Axel Tuanzebe, who has played four
times, should be in the United squad on Sunday. All three are 19.

‘I know the kids’
United have already won the EFL Cup this season, and Mourinho’s team selection has
Wednesday’s Europa League final in mind.

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


Meanwhile, captain Wayne Rooney – who has

been linked with a summer transfer – may

have missed the chance of an Old Trafford

farewell, as Mourinho said the England

international would “probably not” be


“It’s a great experience for the kids but they

are not ready. Maybe one at a time but not

all together,” added the former Chelsea


“I spoke with [Under-23 coach] Nicky Butt and

his opinion is important. When they played at

Old Trafford, I have been there. They trained

with me many times. I know the kids.

“We bring the ones who are more adapted to

our team at the moment. Our biggest problem

is the number of matches. It is unbelievable.”

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