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Josh Harrop scorers fine goal on Manchester United debut

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Nathaniel Diaz | 28 May, 2017, 06:01

Jose Mourinho refused to talk to the media, including his club's own in-house television station, after Manchester United ended the Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

With Wednesday's make-or-break Europa League final against Ajax looming large, Jose Mourinho stuck to his word by resting numerous key players and handing four young prospects their full debut with sixth place already assured.

"It's a defining moment in our season and we need to make sure we win the game".

"We want to play European football, hopefully it is Tuesday and Wednesdays, instead of Thursday's, but if it's Thursdays we will play Thursdays and it wouldn't be an excuse to try to win the title".

Manchester United were expected to bring in the youngsters as they prepare for Wednesday's Europa League final. We have a good relationship and I will always say nothing ever happened, we didn't have an argument or anything like that.

Ibrahimovic was ruled out for the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury on April 20 in Manchester United's Europa League quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht.

Even MUTV, the most friendly of broadcasters in dealing with the club, was not immune from Mourinho's policy as he snapped: "I'm in a final, let me go home, I'm in a final".

Palace almost pulled a goal back in the 74th minute when Carrick's attempted clearance sailed just over his own crossbar.

After an awkward couple of seconds, Mourinho said "Good. I don't think the board feels like that". Obviously if you are the manager or a player for this football club, you have high demands.

"You always think in finals it always gives an edge, but Ajax is hard because they can have two sides".

Josh Harrop, Demetri Mitchell, Joel Pereira and Scott McTominay - were then joined by 16-year-old Angel Gomes from the bench late on to offer a glimpse into United's future.

The coach certainly didn't disappoint hopeful fans as be fielded the youngest Premier League side in the club's history, with eight former academy players been fielded and another four on the bench.

"Especially after the game, I was thinking 'this is what it's all about, it's what dreams are made of".

Harrop, who stole the show for the Under 23s at Old Trafford last Monday with a stunning hat-trick against Tottenham, netted after just 15 minutes of his first-team debut, twisting and turning inside the box before firing the ball into the far corner of the goal.

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