Sam Allardyce eyeing prize-money boost for Crystal Palace

"In any country in the world the match would be Saturday, because Sunday we are sixth, doesn't matter what, and Crystal Palace are safe", said the Portuguese, 54.

Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville all received the same accolade in the early 1990s and, in recent years, the likes of Axel Tuanzebe and Marcus Rashford have been honoured. Fantastic group of players, fantastic spirit since the beginning of the season, hard run, lots of matches.

Manchester United could hand debuts to Zachary Dearnley, Angel Gomes, Josh Harrop, Demetri Mitchell and Matthew Willock against Crystal Palace on the Premier League's final day.

"Paul is fine", the United manager said.

"Big players have to say to themselves 'I'm not exhausted.' I mean it, I never ever felt exhausted". "Strong guy, strong mentality". He is learning how to live after his father passed away, but he is strong. I think that's it'.

"I think they really need my support, Nicky Butt's and supporters to understand hard job they have. He plays against Palace".

Mourinho's team will travel to Stockholm to contest Wednesday's showpiece against Ajax just three days after hosting Palace in their final league game of the season.

Belgium global Marouane Fellaini is a doubt with a hamstring injury while Chris Smalling is set to be rested for the clash with Ajax.

The frantic schedule and injuries have seen Mourinho rotate in recent league games, with captain Wayne Rooney, strongly linked with a summer Old Trafford exit, likely to be among those rested on Sunday.

He continued: "I always had the question mark, what happened that stopped Man United being successful in the last three, four, five years?"

The Eagles could finish anywhere between 16th and 11th which could make a difference of up to £10 million in prize money to the club and Allardyce knows that will have an impact on his transfer spending.

"It's very hard because during my career I had this kind of situation of getting players - awesome players with wonderful history - in the last period of their career", he told Omnisport.

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