Palace will face ‘weak­ened’ Devils

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho re­it­er­ated his in­tent to field a weak­ened team against strug­gling Crys­tal Palace on the last day of the Premier League sea­son.

Mour­inho’s side booked their place in the Europa League fi­nal with a bat­tling win over Celta Vigo on Thurs­day, set­ting up a Stock­holm show­down with Ajax.

But be­fore they meet the Dutch giants on May 24, they have three Premier League matches to play in­clud­ing the sea­son fi­nale against Palace.

That match is three days be­fore the fi­nal while Ajax will have nine days to pre­pare for the crunch fi­nal at the Friends Arena in Swe­den — and Mour­inho has vowed to make “’a lot” of changes for the fi­nal league game of the cam­paign.

He said: “Now Ajax think about the fi­nal.

“Their league fin­ishes on Sun­day, they have 12 days to pre­pare, and we have three league matches to play.

“Hope­fully Crys­tal Palace don’t have a lot to play for in the last game be­cause I will make a lot of changes, and hope­fully no­body will com­plain be­cause we have a fi­nal three days later.

“The fi­nal means an op­por­tu­nity to win a tro­phy, to be back in the Cham­pi­ons League, and to end the sea­son in the per­fect way be­cause it is the last match of the sea­son.” Daily Mail

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