Jose Mourinho has hinted he will play a weakened team against Arsenal on Sunday with the game sandwiched between the Red Devils’ Europa League semi-final with Celta Vigo.
United won the first leg 1-0 on Thursday night in Spain and now travel to Arsenal on Sunday before the return leg at Old Trafford next Thursday night.
Mourinho has insisted he is willing to prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League with the club’s hopes of a top four finish having been dented by their draw at Swansea last weekend.
The club also have a huge injury list and saw their problems mount up with Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young both hobbling off at Celta.
Speaking after the game Mourinho suggested he would be making plenty of changes for Sunday’s game which could give Arsenal a boost as they seek to finish the season strongly.
‘The players that are in accumulation, the players that are with lots of minutes because we played nine matches in April and this one, so 10 matches in four-and-a-half weeks,” he said via the Daily Mail.
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‘The players that are in accumulation, they are not going to play next weekend.”
Rashford is surely a doubt after his exertions on Thursday and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic also out means United have few options in attack and may be forced to turn to Wayne Rooney.
The likes of Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan may also be rested while victory for Arsenal would love them two points behind Mourinho’s men with a game in hand.