Manchester United’s 0-0 draw against Southampton was a drab affair, but honestly, that was to be expected. All attentions for the Old Trafford club are rightfully being directed towards the Europa League final, and that’s probably why we haven’t won in our last three Premier League outings.
Jose Mourinho hasn’t been able to rotate the squad as much as he’d like due to a massive amount of long-term injuries in the squad. Now, things could have just gotten worse on that front.
Marouane Fellaini had to be substituted with what looked like an injury issue, and the big Belgian went straight down the tunnel to get it looked at. Thankfully, the gaffer said it’s not a tear but we’ll have to wait and see what the results look like. On top of that, Eric Bailly is another concern.
“Fellaini, on top of his experience, he says it’s not a tear,” Mourinho told ManUtd.com. “On top of his experience, he says it was a minimal thing but minimal can be a big thing. Let’s wait for tomorrow but he needed to play.
“I couldn’t protect him as he needed to play. He didn’t play for three matches due to suspension. Players need not only to rest but also to play. He wasn’t playing a lot so he had to play today. I don’t blame myself or our decision but let’s wait.”
The gaffer then also revealed that Eric Bailly has a problem, but that’s not too big of a blow as he is suspended for the Europa League final anyway.
“The one with little problems is the one [player] that can have little problems,” he added. “Eric, because he’s not playing the final [due to suspension].”
At the end of the day, I expect to see a completely different eleven playing against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Our squad is looking thin on the ground as it is, and I cannot see any way that the manager will risk losing even more players.
As he says, Bailly is suspended so that probably means his season is done. However, I’m of the opinion that Marouane Fellaini would have likely started the game in Stockholm, so hopefully, the midfielder’s problem isn’t too bad and he will be fully fit and raring to go next Wednesday.