Manchester United will host West Bromwich Albion on Sunday in the match that will see them as huge favourites. The Baggies are currently rock-bottom in the Premier League and a tough travel to Old Trafford is not very helpful. Their manager Alan Pardew has been sacked and United will be dully expected to continue their fine form.
This match comes after an enjoyable, peaceful week. The Devils have been feeling the calm that comes after beating Manchester City last weekend and that has been felt throughout. The talks about Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba in a negative context have been quiet this week. However, there were numerous rumours regarding the futures of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
The reported stories go that the two United players could possibly leave the club this summer if they are not promised more playing time. Mourinho had his opinion on Friday in press conference regarding these questions.
Mourinho Talks Rashford And Martial
“If I was you I would go why Lukaku plays every match, why Matic plays every match, you always go to the one, the answer is if you want what I call dry answers, I have dry answers and a dry answer is only 11 can start the match and we are 22″, the manager was unsatisfied with the questions. Asked about Rashford and Martial once again, he had a similar answer.
“Is the same answer. Only 11 can start. The same questions you are doing to me, you should do to every other manager because everyone has players in the same situation.
“Is just football, we cannot have 11 players, it would be amazing economically for the football clubs to have only 11 and play with the same 11, no injuries, suspension, fatigue, it would be better for everyone to have only 11 but is not impossible.”
The manager also touched upon the victory United earned last weekend in an incredible comeback against the city rivals.
“In our case, we come from a big result and during the week I was trying to fight that result by working well and hard and making the players to understand is not enough to deserve second, we need the points.”
The match against West Brom will be a good opportunity to keep winning them. A win at home would the team’s eighth consecutive win in domestic competitions. In recent weeks the team managed to beat Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool and a triumph against the Baggies will get them ever so closer to clinching to second place.
With that becoming more and more realistic proposition, everyone slowly starts turning their attention to the next season. That also means the transfer market. Asked whether there will be more attacking players coming in during the summer, Mourinho was clear in a typical Mourinho-esque way.
“No, no. If I have more competitions for him I have more comp for the other ones you are saying are not happy because they are not playing. I probably have to reduce and have a squad of 12 or 13 players.”
The match against West Brom is on Sunday and starts at 4pm.