Allardyce agrees with Mourinho that last league game should have been moved

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United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, making only his second league start of the season, instead frustrated them, saving Manolo Gabbiadini's first-half penalty to help stop United's losing run in the Premier League. I hope you don't kill me when you see my team.

Puel's future is to be discussed at the end of the Premier League season but with Jose Mourinho again selecting a weakened XI - without Marcus Rashford, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and David De Gea - the home team had the chance to impress. A strong guy, strong mentality.

He said: "This season we are not close to winning the league".

Mourinho also gave an insight in to the team he'll select on Sunday and as expected, the United boss plans to field an inexperienced side with the likes of Joel Pereira, Demi Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Josh Harrop, Matty Willock, Angel Gomes and Zachary Dearnley all set to be named in the squad.

"Chris Smalling has a problem, but a small problem that I think is no problem at all for next week". A problem for the weekend but not for the final.

Midifelder Marouane Fellaini is doubtful for Manchester United's last league game and next week's Europa League final after sustaining an injury in Wednesday's goalless draw at Southampton.

Mourinho had earlier condemned the fixture congestion which means his team play two league games before the Europa League finale next week.

He is finally in a position to begin his preparations for next season, when he hopes to avoid another battle against relegation, and discussing how much Sunday's game could affect that, he said: "The budget will get bigger if we can go up a couple of places". I think that's it, plus [Timothy] Fosu-Mensah, Axel [Tuanzabe], so lots of them. But I repeat, the best for a young player is in the middle of an experienced structure.

"We trained with 24 players today, with no one injured so instead of looking at United, I look at my team".

"Are they ready? All together, no".

I hope the fans at Old Trafford support the team, they forgive some naivety, they forgive some lack of confidence and I hope Big Sam shows he's a good friend and he goes slow.

On skipper Wayne Rooney, he added: 'I don't know about Wayne or not - he played 90 minutes in the last match, so probably not'.

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