Manchester United’s Europa League quarter-final against Belgian side Anderlecht begins tomorrow, with the Red Devils looking to go all the way in a European competition for the first time in almost a decade. The game itself will not be easy.
Ahead of the eagerly anticipated fixture, the Manchester Evening News have some confirmed squad news for us. The English media outlet say that the likes of David de Gea and Antonio Valencia are back and available for selection, although Wayne Rooney is still seemingly missing.
There are spots on the plane for youngsters Joel Pereira, Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who’ll all be hoping to get their opportunity to prove their worth.
With that said, I still expect Mourinho to go as strong as possible in this one, despite the fact that we host Chelsea at Old Trafford this coming weekend.
Squad in full:
David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Given our position, it must be tough for Jose Mourinho to decide whether he wants to go all out in Europe or fight for a place in the top four. Personally, the chance at a trophy leads me to say the latter, but that option is much more of a lottery.
This week is telling. I’m sure the manager will gauge how we play against Anderlecht and Chelsea before making his mind up as to which way we go.