Mourinho's final press conference lasts just 11 seconds

Mourinho put out Manchester United's youngest ever Premier League side against Crystal Palace on Sunday with the majority of the first team rested for the big one on Wednesday.

If Mourinho's side win they will claim their second trophy of the season, following the EFL Cup, as well as qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Well, with confirmation that Manchester United will travel to Dublin to take on Italian outfit Sampdoria at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, August 2, Mourinho's men are facing the prospect of playing eight pre-season matches before the Premier League campaign even starts on the weekend of 12 August 2017. "We want Champions League football".

The Portuguese made a decision to heavily rotate the team ahead of Wednesday night's big showdown with Ajax in the UEFA Europa League final and it paid off as they ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Crystal Palace.

The match will be United's 64th and last of the season, and Mourinho used his programme notes on Sunday to blast pundits - including Graeme Souness - who claimed he was wrong to suggest his players were exhausted. So I say to myself, if I want to play every game for Manchester United, which is my dream, I have to do something else for the club and the manager.

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Following the ill-fated appointments of David Moyes and Van Gaal, Mourinho is now seen as the club's last realistic hope of returning them to the top and emulating what Sir Alex Ferguson achieved. I think he's got a terrific balance going into Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Scott McTominay has praised the impact of former United midfielder Nicky Butt after making his first senior start against Palace. "Thank you. We tried", in what was the shortest press conference of the season without a doubt, the (un) importance of the match itself evident from the first whistle.

Later, with Rooney substituted to receive a standing ovation, Angel Gomes, was brought on in the 87th minute and, at 16 years, 262 days, became the club's youngster player for 61 years, since David Gaskell in 1956. "I've always said that since I came here it has not been the greatest moment in the club's history", Mata said.

After stating that he wanted to act as if the last three years had never happened when he was initially announced as the new Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho's opening season at Old Trafford has been an overwhelming disappointment.

In soccer terms, another season in the energy-sapping Europa League is hardly ideal if United plans a genuine shot at the Premier League title.

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