Manchester United Football Club took on Tottenham Hotspur in the final game ever at White Hart Lane. The Red Devils lost 2-1, and thoroughly deserved to do so. The result made it mathematically impossible for us to finish in the top four, and acquire a spot in the Champions League via league position.
To be brutally honest, Jose Mourinho’s men just were not good enough. Whether that’s down to team selection or the fact that the players just don’t care about the remaining league games this season remains to be seen.
It was quite disturbing to watch us lose in such a feeble manner, and it cannot be good for the confidence levels going into the Europa League final in just over one weeks time.
Today, we saw plenty of changes to the starting line-up, with the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata coming back into the team. Now, Mourinho has had his say on exactly why he chose to hand those guys the starts.
“I can’t lie. I cannot say today is more important than Wednesday or Wednesday is more important than Stockholm. They all know our game is the final,” Mourino said, as per the Manchester Evening News’ live blog.
“But the way the players perform can influence me positively or negatively so they have to use that as the main motivation.”
“If they are motivated we can be Manchester United because even losing like we did at Arsenal there are certain levels of performance and attitude we have to keep.”
Well, it seems as though the manager was hoping for some players to step up and prove their worth. He was wanting the guys who have often been on the fringes of things to take that opportunity and earn their place in the starting line-up. Today, that just didn’t happen as from front to back we were just awful.
Although he bagged himself a goal, Wayne Rooney was nothing short of a travesty, Daley Blind looked shocking and Phil Jones’ defensive partnership with Chris Smalling just seems to be getting worse.
I have to admit I am worried as we approach the Europa League final. We just don’t look like we have any aim, with a set tactical system. We’re struggling right now, and it’s up to the manager to try and turn things around.