Manchester United’s top four hopes and aspirations are mathematically over. The Red Devils lost back-to-back games in North London against Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, and now all of our hopes are pinned on the Europa League final against Ajax.
The game in the offing is obviously going to be a tough one, especially when you factor in that Ajax’s league season is already done, and they can rest up and solely focus on the game at hand.
For us though, with so many injuries decimating the squad, it means that the manager has to utilise some players that he’d much prefer to leave out. Unfortunately, that is the situation we find ourselves in at present.
Ahead of the Southampton game on Wednesday, there was some good news from the manager. He has told the media that thankfully, we didn’t pick up any fresh injuries at the weekend whilst giving the likes of Antonio Valencia the time to rest up.
“The most important thing for us is no injuries,” Jose Mourinho told reporters, as per the Manchester Evening News. “And some people having a proper rest.”
Obviously, we’re still without Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luke Shaw, and Ashley Young for the remainder of the season, but it’s good to learn that some guys got the break they so desperately needed – and the guys that did play came through the game unscathed.
I know it’s hard, but if I were Mourinho I’d seriously consider just playing the youngsters. The likes of Scott McTominay, Demetri Mitchell, Matty Willock and Joel Pereira have been knocking on the door recently, and I cannot think of a better time for these guys to get their chances.
These last two league games are meaningless and we have absolutely nothing to play for, it’s a shame that it has come to this, but honestly, let’s just rest up our first choice starting XI and put all our eggs in the Europa League basket. It’s the only option we have.