Eliminated from the FA Cup and six points away from a spot in the Premier League’s top four, Manchester United’s season now boils down to whether they can manoeuvre through the ever-treacherous Europa League.
The Red Devils boast an all-important away goal from the first leg of their Round of 16 tie with FC Rostov, but the Russian outfit should not be underestimated – especially considering United could still be suffering a motivation hangover from their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Monday night.
Still in with a shout of qualifying for the Champions League through final standings domestically, however, every Premier League fixture is of paramount importance to Mourinho’s side and a trip to Middlesbrough on Sunday certainly won’t be plain sailing either.
So how should the United gaffer balance his priorities? Which players are needed on the pitch against Rostov and who should be spared for the weekend? We’re opening up the debate to our readers by letting them pick the team for Thursday night – simply give each player who should be starting a thumbs up, and those who shouldn’t a thumbs down.