Would Mourinho really risk losing unbeaten streak to Arsenal’s Wenger?

Jose Mourinho is set to take on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal on Sunday with his Manchester United side, and their appears to be some strange mind-games going down.

The Portuguese tactician claims that he will seemingly weaken his starting XI as he looks to prioritise the Europa League competition, in which his side hold a 1-0 advantage going into their home leg.

Mourinho does however hold a club-record 25 match unbeaten streak in the Premier League, and considering his long-standing rivalry with Arsene Wenger, who he has refused to shake hands with on more than one occasions, surely he will not be setting his team up to lose.

The Red Devils boss also chose to leave Anthony Martial out of his starting line-up in the opening leg of the Europa League on Thursday, which will mean he must have decided that this key player could be used against Arsenal instead, which also tells me he is not wholly concentrating his team’s efforts on the EL.

Winning the European competition should take priority at this stage in the campaign, with two more wins in the tournament granting them entry to next season’s Champions League competition, as well as the European Super Cup.

Priority on the Europa League does make sense, but I’m not giving into the idea that he is willing to make wholesale changes as claimed, and he will have a strong side out to take us on, I assure you.

Wenger needs to ignore any whispers (or shouts) coming from our rival camp, and we need to be at our best to make sure we still have a shot of making the top-four, as a draw would lead me to give up on such a shot.

Will Mourinho really rest his key men? Is it pure mind games?

Pat J

Tags Arsenal Man United Mourinho Wenger


  1. Yossarian says:

    Even if he rests some players with the Europa in mind, he certainly won’t be set-up to lose.

    I see a draw being a likely result.

  2. Kleinsmith Beresford says:

    Likely Man U line up.
    De Gea
    Valencia Smalling Blind Young
    Pogba Carrick Mata
    Lingard Rooney Martial.

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Yup, that looks about right ?? Now that’s what I call a weakened team.
      ?? all that’s left to say is… Fork You Mo and I hope we hammer you 5-0 … just for being a Cont ?

  3. Fatboy Gooney says:

    It’s already been reported that Utd’s full team have all traveled to London, Yeah, Mo has stuck a couple of classie youngsters into the squad but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will start.
    De Gea, Smalling, Mata, Rooney and Martial were all rested with Sunday’s game against us in mind and funny enough all of them apart from De Gea have scored against us,some more than others. so to anyone who believes that Mo will field a weakened team tomorrow then you’re more delusional than Wenger is and even he has come out and stated that he is ignoring Mo’s comments lol.. Go figure.

    1. HA559 says:

      He will field a strong defensive minded team and do counter attacks, like he has always done against Arsenal. But I expect him to rest a few players, to secure Europa final.

  4. HA559 says:

    Call me deluded but there are some players from the so called smaller teams in the league that can really help Arsenal. Even from the teams fighting for scraps in the relegation zone. They got more fight than 3/4 of the Arsenal squad.

    1. Frank says:

      Na mate you aren’t deluded. These players with a whole lot of fight in them are exactly what Arsenal need. That’s the main problem with Arsenal, too many so called technical players but no heart.

  5. HA559 says:

    Moruinho takes away draw agianst big clubs as wins. So if he gets the draw he will be happy.

    1. Frank says:

      They will drive straight into the Emirates and park the team bus in front of the goals. They may not even get out although Rooney somehow always finds a way to score against us.

  6. Martin says:

    Mourinho will set his team up to get a draw, just as he does against other top teams away, despite him slagging off other teams who do the same against his club !! Don’t know why journalists don’t challenge him on this when he goes on a rant about other teams parking the bus……

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