Manchester United play what is arguably their biggest game of the season later today, when they take on Anderlecht at Old Trafford – for a place in the Europa League semi-final. The tie is finely poised at 1-1 and it’ll certainly be an interesting watch.
Mourinho rested key players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the weekend, and I’d imagine the pair will come straight back into the starting line-up for this one. As will Sergio Romero as he’s been our regular cup goalkeeper.
With that in mind, we’ve decided to take a look at a few players who haven’t been playing much recently, but we feel they deserve their opportunity to prove their worth in such an important game.
First up, we have Luke Shaw. In my humble opinion, the 21-year-old is by far the most talented left-back we have in the squad but for some reason, he just isn’t playing. He’s been handed a couple of league starts over the last few months but that’s about it.
Getting the opportunity in such an integral game could be the making of him, and I really want to see him given the chance to shine in a meaningful fixture before Jose Mourinho makes his final decision regarding his long-term future.
The Martial situation is another odd one. He was, by far, our most productive outfield player last year in his debut season, but this campaign he has been in and out of the side. Obviously, he is a brilliantly talented individual and he has the potential to go such a long way in this sport, but he needs to be playing.
Alright, I understand why the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are ahead of him in the pecking order, but surely he should have been given more starts?
Off the top of my head, I genuinely cannot remember the last time that Fosu-Mensah started a game of football. Towards the end of last season, he was starting pretty much every week, and he was outstanding. I don’t think he has started since the turn of the year and has had to settle for a couple of meaningless appearances from off of the bench.
If I were him, I’d be getting frustrated at a lack of playing time. If we don’t see him get at least one start from now until the close of play at the end of May, I can see him leaving on loan next year – but I’d prefer to see him given a chance.