Sam Allardyce says retrospective bans for simulation is "utter rubbish"

Getty Images Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce

Getty Images Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has said he wants to make defender Mamadou Sakho's loan arrangement permanent but that the outcome of talks with Liverpool will depend on the club's transfer budget, with other reinforcements needed.

The Frenchman has a wealth of experience under his belt, and he is fit enough to play regularly at the top level.

"We moan about English teams not getting near the Champions League, but there's no help from the Premier League to give him the best chance. Everybody wants to go out on the big stage and show how good they are and you can not get a bigger stage than that".

"That wouldn't have happened overseas".

I think that the result is very unpredictable here so avoiding this bet is the best option by far.

Jose Mourinho jokingly asks for the forgiveness of the Old Trafford supporters, as well as the mercy of Sam Allardyce.

"Whether Jose plays a weakened side or not, it will always be a hard task because if there are younger players at Manchester United, they're definitely talented. It'd be wrong to risk anyone for that match". "But the lad that gets punished by the referee when he didn't dive - you are going to have to reverse that somehow".

Zaha signed a five-and-a-half-year deal when he returned to SE25 and despite still having four years remaining on his current contract, Palace chiefs are keen to tie him down to another long-term deal, on wages comparable to the club's highest earners. "We've no Andros Townsend, but my team want to play at Old Trafford".

"So I look in the future and not in the past, because you can't affect the past anymore". If we do then great, if not we move on. "Trying youngsters out in pre-season".

Sunday's fixture is likely to test Palace's desire now that survival is certain, but with United boss Jose Mourinho set to select a weakened XI with the following week's Europa League final in mind, Allardyce has urged his players to consider its consequences.

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