The Inside Track: Man United

By SFC Media Wed 17 May Saints vs Man Utd
Photo by Reuters

Ahead of Southampton's clash with Manchester United, we got an insight into José Mourinho's side from Manchester Evening News reporter Stuart Mathieson...

What is the current mood and form like at United?

It's a bit unusual really, because everybody is delighted at reaching the Europa League final, but the Premier League form has been subdued for some time now. So the mood is mixed.

José Mourinho says a trophy – the Europa League – is better than the top four, but I think there is an air of disappointment that United have under-achieved in the league.

Fifth at best now is not what many anticipated when he took over. But the flip side is you cannot complain about winning the EFL Cup – sorry! – and potentially a European trophy.

With the Europa League final on the horizon, how important is this game being viewed as?

United have switched off in the league for a few matches now and it has showed. Now this is a dead rubber and it is going to be purely a situation for Mourinho where he'll be resting some players who'll play in Stockholm, but giving minutes to others who might be in the final. It's a personnel juggling act.

What sort of a side would you expect him to field for the match?

It's hard to say, but Daley Blind is definitely being rested. Rooney and Carrick are probably likely to play, as it doesn't look like they'll be in the Stockholm XI, and possibly Anthony Martial as well.

Has there been any notable changes in style since the teams met at Wembley, or is it pretty similar?

There's been a change in style in that, with no Zlatan Ibrahimović, Mourinho has played Marcus Rashford, and the latter is quicker and gets behind defences more than the Swede. But they're still fragile at the back and not really scoring enough goals.

Who would you say will be the key men to watch out for in the United side on Wednesday?

Anthony Martial, if he plays, looked good against Spurs last Sunday in a tough match for the team. He has an incentive too, because he could still make the Europa League side.

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