"I never saw two goalkeepers be so close and such [good] friends", Mourinho said of Romero and De Gea. As he has done recently, the Portuguese again plans to field a weakened XI, saying "I hope you don't kill me when you see my team". "David is top of the world and obviously we want to keep the top of the world".
The result had no material impact on United's season, given they were already guaranteed to finish sixth, and means Mourinho's men have now drawn 15 times this season.
"I hope to play Joel against Crystal Palace, I hope to play Sergio in the final".
"They showed me they want to be an option and they gave everything they have but we still have the Sunday match. The good thing is the club knows, the board knows and we are together on this process".
Southampton, who lost to United in the EFL Cup final, have not scored in six hours at home to leave manager Claude Puel under real pressure despite a top-ten finish in his first term in charge.
"It's tough to feel sorry for him, I think his reputation rests on next Wednesday".
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"One is Argentina national-team goalkeeper and one is Spanish national-team goalkeeper, two of the best countries in the world", Mourinho said. "More than very good", Mourinho added.
"I think all of them gave me positive feelings".
Far more persuasive was the case stated by goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
Saints have now failed to score in four of their last five games but Puel refused to be drawn on his future at the club. We finished fifth (in last season's Premier League), we went to the Europa League.
He reeled off a list of youngsters and fringe players who will be involved - along with Paul Pogba, who is likely to be a substitute after missing the Southampton game after the death of his father. (We have a) fantastic group of players, fantastic spirit since the beginning of the season - a hard run, lots of matches, we spent more time travelling, playing, in hotels, than at home.