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"I understand that from the press' point of view and your perspective that [the Europa League final] is the big headline", Mourinho said to Sky Sports after Wednesday's 0-0 Premier League draw at Southampton.

Both teams are now struggling for form at the moment as they have each won just one game from their last five matches in all competitions, drawing two and losing two.

United manager Jose Mourinho has already said Romero will start in the final ahead of regular goalkeeper David de Gea, as he has done throughout the European competition. "We really want to", Mourinho said.

Even his return to Stamford Bridge in 2013 saw Mourinho possess a more reserved personality, and he called himself "the Happy One" when first introduced to the media.

Mourinho's side can no longer finish in the Premier League top four, while Palace have avoided relegation and the United boss believes their fixture should be brought forward. "I hope to play Sergio in the final and hopefully we don't have problems with these two goalkeepers but David is top in the world and obviously we want to keep the top in the world".

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United could have fallen behind early on when they conceded a penalty but the previously in form Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini saw his spot kick saved by Argentina global goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

And Mourinho did little to quell transfer rumour's that De Gea's appearance against Tottenham on Sunday will be the Spaniard's last for United when he dropped the former Atletico Madrid man from the matchday squad at St Mary's.

Having stretched his winless league run to five games as the unimpressive run-in left United certain of finishing sixth, Mourinho can only hope his injury-hit side fire on all cylinders in Stockholm. I hope you don't kill me when you see my team. "Whoever plays in the final is good enough to go out there, do the business and win the game".

"The next match Joel [Pereira, United's 20-year-old third choice goalkeeper] is playing his first match in the Premier League".

'I'm looking at them and analyse where we can win something, win some details, but, on the other hand, I always look at my team, our strengths and how we can beat opponents. I hope to play Sergio in the final. "For this club we need the trophy".

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