Manchester United boss will give Portuguese keeper Joel Pereira, 20, his debut before the end of the Premier League season
JOSE MOURINHO is prepared to risk FA action to field weakened teams.
The Manchester United boss will give Portuguese keeper Joel Pereira, 20, his debut before the end of the Premier League season – and it could be in a crunch relegation clash against Crystal Palace.
Wolves were fined £25,000 for a putting out a weak team back in 2010 but Mourinho insists he has no choice with the Europa League final in 10 days’ time.
Mourinho shrugged off the possibility of having action taken against United.
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He added: “I really hope that everything is decided so we are not part of that because if we are, I am so sorry. But if we are, I am going to rest.”
Swansea’s result against Sunderland yesterday means Palace are still not safe.
And should the Eagles not win today against relegation strugglers Hull City, then their clash against United on the final day of the season could have a big say in the survival battle.
But Mourinho is adamant that he wants Pereira playing at some point this season.
He said: “We need three good goalkeepers. We have two good goalkeepers, experienced – Spain national team goalkeeper, Argentina national team goalkeeper.
“And we have a young boy that for me is going to be the Portuguese No1. He is just 20, born in the club, made in the club.
“Joel is fantastic and I am going to give him a chance to play in the Premier League this season.
“In one of these three matches, I am going to play Joel, so we have three fantastic goalkeepers, two plus a young one, but a club of our dimension cannot gamble, we cannot have one good one and one ordinary one.”
Mourinho confirmed that Romero will play in the Europa final against Ajax after playing his part getting United to Solna, Sweden.
The United boss said: “He played all the eight matches of the knockout stages.
“Yes. He deserves it. David De Gea has played two games in the Europa League which makes him a champion in case we win the trophy.
“But he played every game in the Premier League except one and I think Sergio deserves to play the final. So normally he will.”
Mourinho reckons the relationship between De Gea and Romero has raised the standards of both keepers.
He said: “That is what top teams have to do.
“I think De Gea and Romero have coped very well with the situation, they are two big friends, have a fantastic relationship. I always saw Sergio supporting David, David supporting Sergio. I couldn’t be happier with what we have at the moment.”