Jose Mourinho and I have good relationship, says Juan Mata

Hazel Gray
May 29, 2017

With Manchester United's Europa League final against Ajax on Wednesday in mind, José Mourinho handed four young players their first senior starts in the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace yesterday.

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"We need to face this game with the right mentality and try to avoid mistakes as much as we can and try to make a very good game".

The Portugal youth global is likely to be back in the stands for the Europa League final against Ajax on Wednesday with Sergio Romero set to start and David De Gea on the bench.

Jones, meanwhile, has started the last three games after returning from a toe injury, and speaking after the win over Crystal Palace on Sunday he said: "I'm more than ready to adapt to whatever the manager decides".

Missing a top-four finish - for the third time in four years - meant United failed to earn a qualification spot for next season's Champions League, the minimum requirement for Mourinho and the club's American owners.

"They fought to be in the final and they are there for a reason", he says.

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The 20-year-old added: 'If you want to be a top, top player, you have to play in pressured environments in these games. "And, yeah, we'd be wishing next season that we are there".

There was no chance to ask Mourinho about his compatriot's display as the United boss zoomed out of the post-match press conference, but recently he said Pereira would be "the best Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation". "I was like 'I am actually doing this!' I said to myself, I want to get on the ball early and get as many touches as I can".

"We wanted to go out and win the game and that is what we did".

Crystal Palace's hard season ended in defeat but at least safety had already been guaranteed for next season.

Background: Gomes, who has skippered England at under-16 and under-17 level, went into this game having just become the youngest-ever recipient of United's youth team player of the year award. "I don't think the board feels like that".

The United captain's name echoed around the ground as he received a standing ovation, replaced by the first player born in 2000 to feature in a Premier League match - and the youngest to have represented United in the competition.

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