Manchester United’s season is winding down to its conclusion. The first year under Jose Mourinho really has been a mixed bag, and a hell of a lot will depend on the Europa League final to determine whether it has been a success or not. Obviously, those are such fine margins. One game defines our whole campaign.
It’s pretty clear that the manager has completely written off the Premier League, and now it is actually mathematically impossible to finish in the top four; a feat we’ve only achieved once since Sir Alex Ferguson departed back in 2013…
However, in his typical, happy manner, Juan Mata has put a positive spin on the last two games and actually, what he has to say makes a whole lot of sense.
The Spaniard points to the Southampton and Palace games as good opportunities to go into the Europa League in the best possible shape. He’s correct, particularly in his case, as well as Phil Jones and Chris Smalling who haven’t played all that much recently. These guys will be desperate to build up their fitness levels, and in my opinion, the trio should start every game from now until the Europa League final.
“Now it’s time to play two good games to close the Premiership and reach the Europa League final in the best shape that we can. It’s true that the calendar has been hectic over the last two months, but we have to push hard now to try to win the three remaining games. We really want to.” Juan Mata told his blog readers.
On top of that, momentum in football is massive. Right now, we’re on a huge downward spiral and that cannot be good for team morale and overall confidence.
We’re approaching the biggest game we’ve faced in the post-Fergie era on the back of two rather dull defeats, this will be affecting the players mentally, and we badly need to turn this around in the final two games…