Manchester United face the rather unenviable task of travelling all the way to eastern Russia tomorrow night, representing a difficult task in more ways than one for Jose Mourinho. Clearly, the journey itself – coming just a few days before a crunch FA Cup clash with former club Chelsea – is far from ideal, though the competition itself offers up many pros and cons.
Though Mourinho has stated his side will only prioritise the Europa Leauge if they progress to the quarter-finals, winning the competition outright offers another route into the Champions League. With the race for the top four hotly contested in the Premier League, another chance of making it back into the European elite may well be essential.
Despite the fact the Portuguese boss has hinted this competition is on the back burner right now, he did field a very strong team in the last round against St Etienne, even when they were 3-0 up on aggregate, a game that saw the excellent Henrikh Mkhitaryan injured for the EFL Cup final. So, it’s a classic case of stick or twist for Mourinho, with Chelsea and Antonio Conte on the horizon.
With that in mind, do you think he should field a weakened team against FC Rostov tomorrow night or not?