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Mourinho To Field Eight U-21 Man Utd Players Against Palace

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has selected eight of the club’s U-21 players for the final match of the season though he said the players “are not ready” for first-team action.

Mourinho has named eight players who could make their debuts in his squad for Sunday’s last Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace.

“To play so many kids at the same time, honestly, I don’t think is good. You want them to be surrounded by players who support them,” said the Portuguese.

United are guaranteed sixth place, while Palace are safe from relegation.

Sam Allardyce’s side are 13th in the table going into the match at Old Trafford (15:00 BST kick-off), but a victory and other results going their way could see them finish as high as 11th.

Mourinho’s side face Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm on Wednesday knowing victory will earn them a place in the group stages of next season’s Champions League.

Goalkeepers: Kieran O’Hara (21), Joel Castro Pereira (20).

Defender: Demetri Mitchell (20).

Midfielders: Zachary Dearnley (19), Angel Gomes (16), Josh Harrop (21), Scott McTominay (20), Matthew Willock (20).

In addition, striker Marcus Rashford, who has 11 goals this season, defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who has played 10 times this season, and Axel Tuanzebe, who has played four times, should be included in the squad. All three players are 19 years old.

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