Mourinho confirms host of starters for Palace tie as Man Utd boss looks to Europa final
Paul Pogba will start for Manchester United against Crystal Palace following the passing of his father last week.
The France midfielder trained today as Mourinho prepares what will be a young squad for the home fixture against Sam Allardyce's team.
Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba will play against Crystal Palace. Chris Smalling "has a small problem" but will be fit for the #UEL final.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2017
Chris Smalling is out of the Old Trafford tie but should be fit for the Europa League final against Ajax on Wednesday, while Tim Fosu-Mensah has recovered from a dislocated shoulder and will take part against the Eagles.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah will also be involved on Sunday, while the boss is waiting for the results of scans for Marouane Fellaini.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2017
The Man Utd manager was full of praise for Pogba following his bereavement.
"Paul is fine. Strong guy. Strong mentality. He is learning how to live after his father passed away but he is strong and he knows that he needs to play next Sunday because he doesn't play, doesn't train for a long time and he needs minutes on the pitch. He plays against Palace."
Mourinho declined to expand on what Smalling's injury issue entails, while Maroune Fellaini's fitness is in question after being subbed off after 73 minutes of United's 0-0 draw with Southampton on Wednesday.
"Smalling has a problem, a smalll problem that I think it is no problem for next week, but is a problem for the weekend.
"Marouane is a question mark. We wait for today's scans.
"Fosu-Mensah plays Sunday and if the reaction is good then he is a new option for the final."
Mourinho also confirmed that a number of United youth players will make Sunday's squad as he looks to keep his senior players fresh for the cup final in Stockholm.
Joel Pereira, O'Hara, Mitchell, McTominay, Harrop, Willock, Tuanzebe, Gomes and Dearnley are also likely to be included in Sunday's squad.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2017
However, the Portuguese will mix the new blood with the old against Palace:
"Lots of them [young players] together [on the pitch at the same time], no. I will bring three or four first team players to play one half where I can give some experience to the team.
"For the kids it will be a great experience to play in the Premier League in the last match of the season. It will be a big occasion but I think the best for the young player is in the middle of an experienced structure, where he can be supported.
"To play so many kids at the same time I don't think it's good because there is a big difference in quality, strength and experience.
"We have tried to bring the guys who are more adapted to playing at this level [into the squad] at the moment."