There have been more draws at Old Trafford than at any other Premier League stadium this season (10) and if this game ends as a draw then United would set a new outright record for the most home draws in a Premier League season (11). He knows he needs to play on Sunday because he doesn't play or train for a long time and he needs these minutes on the pitch, so he plays against Palace.
Crystal Palace had a great run this season beating Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool and a win here will mean that they have beaten the historic big 4 teams.
Mourinho confirmed 19-year-old defenders Tim Fosu-Mensah, back after a shoulder injury, and Axel Tuanzebe would also play on Sunday - a bold, callow line-up borne out of perceived necessity.
"I don't know about Wayne or not". "You will have two goalkeepers, Joel Pereira and Kieran O'Hara, we will have Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Josh Harrop, Matthew Willock, Angel Gomes and Zachary Dearnley". I just think he has missed a trick. One in the middle of a good structure, an experienced structure, I think yes.
"Paul Pogba is fine - strong guy, strong mentality", the manager said on Friday.
"I've got back in the game and shown the fact that I've worked hard with the backroom staff and the support staff and the owners, and we've all pulled it together in a short period of time and been successful, and that puts the past in the past".
Steve Bower: "So it's the game Jose Mourinho didn't want, on the day he didn't want; the week ahead will determine if it turns out to be the season he didn't want, with events in Stockholm on Wednesday determining whether he has restored the Champions League nights for Manchester United".
'To play so many kids at the same time I don't think is good because there is a big difference of quality, strength and experience between them and good, experienced players.
'We're going to play the last game with the fittest team we've got, ' he said. The Dutch side were knocked out of this season's Champions League in the last qualifying round and, as a result, dropped into Europe's secondary competition.
"The budget will get bigger if we can go up a couple of places", he said in the Evening Standard.