Arsenal handed major squad boost ahead of clash v Man United
By Danny Wright
Jose Mourinho has handed Arsenal with a major boost ahead of their clash with Manchester United on Sunday by admitting that he could make a host of changes for the game.
United are set to play Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final on Thursday night and the Portuguese boss has said that he could rotate his squad for their trip to the Emirates on Sunday.
The Red Devils are set to welcome back a number of important faces to their team for their trip to Spain with Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones available for selection.
Eric Bailly is also fit for the Celta Vigo fixture, but Mourinho is willing to risk losing the Gunners trip in order to look after his chances of winning the Europa League.
“It is the only competition that Manchester United never won and it would be great to close that circle and say we are a club that won every single competition in the football world,” said Mourinho, as quoted by the Telegraph.
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“I think it would be a good achievement given the problems we have had and allow us to be back in the Champions League next season so we are going to try and the Europa League becomes, for us, now more important.
“Of course it depends on the result [against Celta Vigo], how we analyse the game, but if we have to rest players next weekend [against Arsenal] then we are going to do that.”
Arsene Wenger’s side took a massive blow in their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League as they lost 2-0 to bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday.
They have played fewer games than any of the sides in the Premier League’s top seven but their top-four hopes are still hanging by a thread.
Seventh-placed Everton have a trip to Swansea this weekend and can overtake Arsenal if they lose to Mourinho’s men.
However the out-of-form Gunners could be facing a weakened United team in their bid to finish the season well.
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