Anderlecht are fighting against the odds and the record books at Manchester United, but manager Rene Weiler believes his players can land a knockout blow in their Europa League quarter-final. “If we had won 3-0 it would be a nice game now and I could play some of the younger boys without any pressure”.
Wayne Rooney can still play a part in Manchester United’s bid to win the Europa League, but manager Jose Mourinho says that the England captain must prove he is over the “small problems” that have dogged him all season.
Cup competitions are where Romero has shone for United having totalled five Premier League appearances thus far, but Mourinho insisted that the “separation” in terms of what competitions he plays in isn’t something he wants.
Score 1: 1, in principle, completely satisfied with the “Manchester United”, but not too hard to believe that Sir Alex before the spectators will play the holding account.
He added: “Do I think Anthony is a player with great potential? Yes”.
“I think for Zlatan it would be fantastic to play the final in his country, it would be ideal, it would be lovely – no more than that”. “Yes I think. But he needs to give me things I like very much”.
Anderlecht are not to be written off though, as they showed last week they are unwilling to bow down and accept defeat. Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a crucial away goal 10 minutes before the break at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, netting from an acute angle to put United ahead, but Leander Dendoncker’s powerful header four minutes from time means the tie is still alive ahead of the return game at Old Trafford. “With his experience and know-how of this knockout phase, he is a player who can be useful”.
They will be full of confidence following their 2-0 victory over Chelsea on the weekend so anything other than a win at Old Trafford for United on Thursday would be a surprise. “We might need him to help us”.
Luke Shaw was the first in the ex-Chelsea boss’ firing line, but now he has set his sights on Anthony Martial, who has only scored one Premier League goal in 2017.
“We know we are playing a very high level team in Manchester United”.
Sergio Romero insists he has no regrets over his decision to join Manchester United despite having nearly exclusively spent his time at Old Trafford as David De Gea’s understudy.
Mourinho is nonetheless hopeful that United will reach the final in Solna to give Ibrahimovic the chance to play for a trophy on Swedish soil.
“As I say, it was something that you always hope to try to be number one and it’s something you work for every week”, Romero concluded.