The remainder of this season for Manchester United is an all-or-nothing scenario. Winning the Europa League will resolve an ultimately successful season. The primary objective was to secure Champions League qualification, and Europa League success can provide an unlikely route to achieving that target. However, defeat in the final against Ajax will place Jose Mourinho in a precarious position for the start of next season, as wasted efforts in Europe have compromised their league campaign.
Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford with the reputation and charisma requisite for the job, and this instigated optimistic notions of a title challenge. A summer defined by spending £150 million marked a side keen to banish memories of the past few seasons while recapturing their status as the most feared side in the league. However, it has not quite transpired that way. Continue reading
Manchester United host manager David Moyes’ former club Everton to Old Trafford this evening, looking for the three points that could see them burst into the top four.
The hosts will be without Phil Jones, who serves a one match suspension after amassing five yellow cards, while a late decision will be made on Robin van Persie, who has been suffering with a combination of groin and toe problems.
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Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has spoken of his frustration at being side-lined by new Manchester United manager David Moyes, Sky Sports understands.
The Japan international, who moved to United from Borussia Dortmund last summer, hasn’t featured in any of the clubs three league matches so far this season, with his only appearance coming as a late substitute in the Community Shield win over Wigan Athletic.