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Romero at the ready in Man United stalemate

20 May 2017

Saints chairman Ralph Krueger has refused to offer assurances surrounding the Frenchman's future despite him leading them to the brink of an eighth-placed finish and this partly demonstrated why.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he wants to keep Real Madrid target David De Gea and insists he expects the Spaniard to link-up with his team-mates for pre-season.

Mourinho also indicated he could hand 20-year-old goalkeeper Joel Pereira a start in their final Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Hit play on the video at the top of the page to watch highlights from the match.

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United will finish sixth regardless of the outcome of their match with Palace, who are also safe from relegation with three teams already down, and because of its insignificance is disappointed English football authorities have not intervened.

With the Europa League final providing a path into next season's Champions League the game could define whether Mourinho's season at United can be regarded as a success or failure. I never saw. I never saw. When I know the battle is lost I don't fight.

"I hope to play Joel against Crystal Palace", Mourinho said.

The Argentina global, deputising for the rested David de Gea, also produced a string of saves early in the second half at St Mary's to keep Claude Puel's Southampton at bay.

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"And I hope that Big Sam (Allardyce, the Palace manager) shows he is a good friend and he goes slow". I hope to play Sergio [Romero] in the final.

"I don't tell you", Mourinho added before going on to name the six reserve stars who could be involved alongside the likes of Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly at Old Trafford.

Mourinho dismissed injury concerns surrounding Maroune Fellaini and Juan Mata, despite the former having a "a bad feeling in the hamstring". Southampton's wait for a home goal moved past the six-hour mark, hardly a great statistic for under-pressure manager Claude Puel. "It's important to focus on our last game".

"They are 25 points behind Chelsea, they are no better than last season, they look pedestrian at times, and there is no excitement".

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Romero at the ready in Man United stalemate