Jose Mourinho has confirmed he does not expect David de Gea to play for Manchester United again this season, but insists he wants to keep the goalkeeper he regards as the world's best. "I think the first match against (American MLS side) LA Galaxy in preseason", he said.
"We played a good team, a team who tried to win and tried to finish well".
Mourinho is unhappy United's final match of the season at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday has not been brought forward 24 hours to give his players longer to prepare for next Wednesday's crunch match with Ajax in Stockholm. "David is top of the world and obviously we want to keep him".
"The team wasn't ideal but individually they gave me good things".
"I think for us it (the final) is the most important of the year".
José Mourinho, United coach I think we worked well, we played well; we could have lost as Romero made some fantastic saves but we could have won as we had probably the two biggest chances. "I said I want to participate also on the game and this was a strong shot". "We need two top goalkeepers and a top young goalkeeper and this is what we have". Sergio had a very good performance - more than very good.
Southampton boss Claude Puel - whose future on the south coast has been called into question -meanwhile, was left to rue his side's failure to make their domination pay. European opponents, I've noticed, struggle to understand Fellaini's style, nearly as if they're encountering a new species for the first time, and his bombastic presence against Ajax could very easily lob a spanner in the works, as they say.
"Any teams have a debrief at the end of the season and this is normal but the end of the season is after the last game", said Puel.
Southampton, beaten 3-2 by United in the League Cup final at Wembley in February, have now won just one of their last eight home games in all competitions while United stretched their winless league run to five.
"I think we deserved to score. I am happy for the second half because we played good football with good chances to win the game which is important for us".