Manchester United Football Club plays their final 2017/18 Premier League at Old Trafford tomorrow, with Watford the final opponent this term.
Jose Mourinho’s men will be hoping to finish on a high, while heading into the FA Cup final with momentum behind them. It’s fair to say our last two fixtures have been dull affairs, and that simply has to change on Sunday.
Before the game, the self-proclaimed Special One has already confirmed seven starters. The gaffer explained that Michael Carrick will captain the side in his final outing as a United man, which is a nice little touch for the veteran midfielder.
Mourinho also explained that Sergio Romero will get the start in goal, meaning David de Gea will be totally rested for the Wembley showpiece against Chelsea.
“Romero plays on Sunday because he deserves that and some other players are going to play because we as a team achieve the second position and we, as a team, are going to play the FA Cup final,” the boss told reporters, including ManUtd.com.
“It is normal that Michael Carrick is captain at Old Trafford for the last game of his career. David De Gea will be rested, so it gives a chance for Sergio Romero to play. I can make changes.
“Marcus and Anthony played against Brighton. Today it was for Alexis and [Jesse] Lingard to play and Sunday is again for Martial and Rashford. I also play [Daley] Blind, [Eric] Bailly and [Juan] Mata. I have every player apart from [Marouane] Fellaini and [Romelu] Lukaku available.”
To see that there is also starts for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford is encouraging. The duo have been less than convincing recently, but they’ve been given one final chance to show what they can do. Eric Bailly will also play which is huge. It’ll also be nice to see how Daley Blind and Juan Mata get on.
In all honesty, I’m not expecting a swashbuckling performance from United. Rather a low-intensity game in which Red Devils players will be doing all they can to not get injured.