Sup­port for Mour­inho from Al­lardyce

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Sam Al­lardyce says it is shame­ful that the Premier League has not helped Jose Mour­inho and Manch­ester United by mov­ing Crys­tal Palace’s tie at Old Traf­ford to to­day in­stead of to­mor­row.

The Palace boss says he would have hap­pily moved their match to give United a greater chance of vic­tory in the Europa League fi­nal against Ajax on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Al­lardyce, the Premier League is the only di­vi­sion in the world that does not help its clubs, with United set for their 63rd game of the sea­son to­mor­row.

“They could eas­ily have changed it last week and said, ‘We will give you the best chance to win the Europa League’,” Al­lardyce said.

“It’s a great shame we are not like other coun­tries who bend over back­wards in fix­ture terms to help their teams win in Europe.

“We’ve been moan­ing about how we’re not get­ting any­where near the Cham­pi­ons League or Europa League, but then there’s no help from the Premier League to give United the best chance of win­ning a tro­phy they haven’t won.

“That would hap­pen abroad. They would change the fix­tures. It would have been a good ges­ture by the Premier League.

Mour­inho is set to start a weak­ened side but Al­lardyce says he will put out a strong team.

That may in­clude Wil­fried Zaha, who is in talks over a new con­tract, and Al­lardyce in­sists he will ‘def­i­nitely’ be at Palace next sea­son. Daily Mail

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