Luke Shaw: Manchester United can be unstoppable on Europa League trophy mission
- Author: Angelo Rivera Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 0:42
"I don't see David with any problem related to this", he said.
"If we lose a match, the top four gets nearly impossible, in the Europa League if we lose a match we are in trouble, so every match demands from every one of us top focus. But that is the end of the season".
The Red Devils head to Brussels to face Anderlecht in the first of two UEFA Europa League quarter-final ties, and they will do so without a few key players.
"We hope he can deliver again because it's the motivation of everybody in the club to go to the final and I believe maybe he has a little extra motivation because the final is in Sweden and because he's never played in a European cup final in such an awesome career he's had".
So expect United manager Jose Mourinho to field a full-strength lineup including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, even though a big league game against Chelsea is looming large on Sunday.
United are targeting Europa League success as a means to qualifying for next year's Champions League as they now sit outside the English Premier League qualifying berths.
"Every single game is massive now, but I think the one on Thursday is huge".
"He is not happy with his condition", Mourinho said of Rooney, who trained on the eve of the game in Manchester.
"The end of season is a time where players can be - can be - thinking about their future".
"We need to fight with everything we have to try to play Champions League next season".
Young and Valencia also missed the Sunderland match with slight niggles but come into contention for the first leg of the quarter-final.
That would put Mourinho and United in breach of Premier League rules, that stipulate teams must field full-strength sides in every match. We feel it is possible and Anderlecht will feel that too.
Moving forward, Ander Herrera has been the most consistent performer for United during the ongoing campaign, and he will slot into central midfield alongside Marouane Fellaini, who could regain the captaincy on the night.