Jose Mourinho has asked the Premier League “not to kill him” after he revealed that he will be playing an extremely weak side at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
After seeing Crystal Palace mathematically secure their safety with a comfortable 4-0 win over Hull City last weekend, the Portugese boss was adamant that those at the top of the game should reschedule this weekend’s Premier League fixture to give his United side a better chance of competing against Ajax in the Europa League final a few days later.
The comments (attached above) regarding his planned team selection and his hope that Palace and Big Sam “go easy on them” really are astounding to read given the stature of the club he is in charge of. Whilst I can empathise with his specific grievances, his tone is so blatantly designed to antagonise the Premier League that it almost feels as though he’s become a parody of himself. From an impartial perspective, I can’t pretend that I don’t find it entertaining but you do have to wonder how happy United fans have been at seeing their club wave a white flag in the battle for a place in the top four.
Before anyone on our side of the fence starts to lean towards helping the United boss out, we should remember that there is still a huge deal to play for us in terms of Premier League prize money. Obviously, top flight safety was the biggest hurdle we had to cross but now that we have, it makes sense to try and kick on for as high a finish as possible in a bid to bank a few more million pounds for the summer transfer fund.
Sunday’s game will offer an extremely rare spectacle for neutrals and partisans alike, with Mourinho intentionally playing a hugely weakened team in a competitive game as a protest. It’s up to us to punish that mistake for our own benefit.