Support for Mourinho from Allardyce
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