Middlesbrough v Manchester United - preview & stats

Middlesbrough v Manchester United - preview & stats

Middlesbrough v Manchester United - preview & stats

Manchester United have drawn Belgian side Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-finals.

United player Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 second leg match between Manchester United and FK Rostov at Old Trafford on March 16, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Jose Mourinho says he will not play a purposefully weakened team against Middlesbrough on Sunday, despite a fixture pile-up that threatens to derail the club's season.

"We played against one of the best teams in the world".

United have finished seventh, fourth and fifth in the Premier League since the retirement of Ferguson, who led the club to 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies and five FA Cups in nearly 27 years at Old Trafford.

"I don't think it's amusing that some of my players [played] six weeks, 11 matches, played last Monday with 10 men, enjoyed five hours on the M6 coming back to Manchester, and some of them, like Marcos, were at their limit".

Forwards Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are both in severe match fitness doubt, and likely won't play. I don't ask for me, but for all the English teams. "But a lot of things are going against us", he told BT Sport at Old Trafford. In other countries they try to do that little support to the teams in Europe.

The club's assistant manager has stepped in as caretaker after the Spaniard's stormy three-and-a-half year reign was brought to an end with the Teessiders second-bottom of the Premier League and in danger of an immediate return to the Championship.

He's angry at the Premier League for not being more accommodating to Manchester United's congested fixture list.

"I was just not good enough for him".

Mourinho did not see anything amusing about the incident and said that his players, particularly Pogba, were paying the price for scheduling problems. We played Villarreal and then Swansea at 12. It's very hard for my players to have injuries.

The Dutchman has been a vital member of the squad this season and it'll be a massive boost to have him back in action, especially as Mourinho seems to prefer him at left-back over Luke Shaw. It should be Monday night, or at least the last game on Sunday. Manchester United sold players that I would never sell, bought players that I would never buy. I'm young, I need to play. "He gets millions; let him run. I think in the fourth year he deserved to be sacked".

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