Manchester United have had to balance their objectives very finely this season, with the club fighting it out on four different fronts until a fortnight ago. Obviously, after the EFL Cup final win, we’re now in three different competitions but it has definitely been tough for Jose Mourinho.
Our domestic situation wasn’t helped at all by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s red card for an apparent elbow on Tyrone Mings. Now, the influential Swede will be out of action for the next three games.
However, his absence will not affect Manchester United’s on-field performance in their clash against Chelsea this coming Monday night, that’s according to Michael Owen anyway.
The former short-term Red Devil has been writing in his betting column and stated that he still feels Manchester United will progress into the semi-finals of the oldest trophy in football history.
“No Zlatan Ibrahimovic for United through suspension but I still feel United’s name will be in the draw for the semi-finals on Monday night although they may have to settle for a draw,” he wrote on his BetVictor column.
“The holders were beaten 4-0 in the corresponding PL fixture earlier in the season and that was the low point of their season.”
“Jose Mourinho will be keen to exorcise those demons back at the Bridge where he was once revered of course.”
Of course, Jose Mourinho will be out to extract revenge on the Stamford Bridge club after they absolutely humiliated us earlier on in the season. As we all know, it’s not as simple as that. The game will be a tough, feisty affair and more often than not, we tend to come away from ‘The Bridge’ empty handed.
In my opinion, Zlatan will be a huge miss. His goals output has been truly sensational this campaign, and the onus will likely be on one of Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial to fill that void – and it won’t be easy.
Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Red Devils play for a draw in order to bring Chelsea to Old Trafford where we’ll obviously have a much better chance at getting a positive result.