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Manchester United want to keep David de Gea, confirms Jose Mourinho

Montrelle Montesinos | 20 May, 2017, 02:09

Asked if he had any more injury concerns after the game, Mourinho said: 'I don't know.

United will travel to Stockholm for Wednesday's Europa League final against Ajax just three days after hosting Palace in their final league game of the season.

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"The team was not ideal but I think the players individually gave me good things, they showed a great attitude and they showed me they want to be in the final".

Sergio Romero, who deputised for De Gea at Southampton and saved a penalty in that match, will start ahead of the Spain worldwide in next Wednesday's Europa League final against Ajax. I hope you don't kill me when you see my team.

The result at St Mary's was United's 15th draw of a frustrating league season and means they are guaranteed to register their lowest number of wins in a campaign since the 1990-91 season.

"I hope the fans at Old Trafford support the team, they forgive some naivety, they forgive some lack of confidence", Mourinho said.

"They showed me they want to be an option and they gave everything they have but we still have the Sunday match".

Mourinho said the likes of Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe, Matthew Willock, Josh Harrop and Zachary Dearnley would join Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba in the matchday squad. Southampton's wait for a home goal moved past the six-hour mark, hardly a great statistic for under-pressure manager Claude Puel.

The Saints stayed eighth, which is the highest position they can hope to achieve ahead of Sunday's final game at home to Stoke City.

United make four changes in total from their defeat to Tottenham last time out, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini and Matteo Darmian returning to the starting XI.

"Any team has 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, 55.