All eyes on Stockholm for Manchester United fans after reaching the Europa League final on Thursday night. There’s still the matter of three Premier League games for United to play in between now and the final and Mourinho will be keen to take some momentum into the game against Lyon.
That being said, Mourinho will also be wanting to give some key players plenty of rest over the next couple of weeks. United did rest a few players against Arsenal last time out in the Premier League, Mourinho will probably look to give a few of the younger players a chance to prove themselves.
The Reds failed to impress last time out in the Premier League as their unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end in a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal. The loss pretty much diminished any hopes United had of a top four finish – however, winning the Europa League will make up for falling short in the Premier League. Three bad minutes for Manchester United led to the defeat at Arsenal, where the Gunners managed to score twice in quick succession. Overall it was a disappointing performance from United, and they will be looking to finish the season much stronger over the next three fixtures.
The performance against Celta Vigo on Thursday night was not exactly mesmerizing either, however United got the job done and sealed their place in the Europa League final. It was Marouane Fellaini who opened the scoring with a strong header at the back post from a Marcus Rashford cross. After getting the goal, United showed flashes of quality but nerves crept into the stadium as the game wore on. Celta Vigo made the last 10 minutes hard to watch for United fans after levelling the score. Things reached boiling point shortly after the Celta Vigo goal as Bailly and Roncaglia both saw red following a heated confrontation in the middle of the pitch. Given that the red card will leave Bailly out of the Europa League final, he is likely to feature prominently over the last few Premier League games.
Tottenham come into the game in decent form, but will be bitterly disappointed with their loss to West Ham last time our which has somewhat collapsed their bid to catch Chelsea at the top of the table. Manchester United will have their work cut out for them if they are going to beat this consistent Tottenham side. Spurs look to be moving away from White Hart Lane at the end of the season, and their fans would love to leave the ground with a win over Manchester United fresh in their memories.
Tottenham are odds on favourites to pick up all three points on Sunday afternoon, priced at 3/4 to do so. Manchester United backers could get a sizeable reward this weekend if Mourinho’s men can get the job done – The Reds can be backed at 4/1 to get the win. The draw is priced at 14/5.
(Prices From Bet on Brazil – odds may fluctuate)