Mourinho confirms Romero to start over De Gea in Europa League final

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho showed a level of emotion not seen before from the ‘Special One’ as his side came out on top in a nervy Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on Thursday.

With their place against Ajax in a Stockholm final now booked, thoughts are turning to the clash on 24th May, in which a win would hand United a trophy never won before by the club as well as Champions League football for next season.

The tie with the Dutch giants is, without doubt, Mourinho’s biggest game as United boss so far, meaning that you would expect the Portuguese to field his strongest line-up.

However, the former Chelsea boss has decided to show loyalty above logic and has revealed one key decision over his team selection.

As is common in football nowadays, managers will rotate between their first and second choice goalkeepers for domestic and European competitions, and Mourinho has done just that with understudy Sergio Romero playing 11 of the 14 Europa League games this season.

Whilst you may expect Mourinho to stay safe and play first-choice David de Gea, the 54-year-old said of his decision;

“There’s no dilemma, They are two fantastic goalkeepers.

“I think it is fair Sergio is going to play the final and David accepts. He accepts that because, especially, he has already played Europa League matches.”