Mourinho confirms seven Man United starters for Watford clash

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed seven of the members of the starting eleven who will take to the field for their match against Watford on the final day of the Premier League season, as per the Manchester Evening News. 

The Red Devils have now secured second place in the Premier League and are free to experiment and rest players ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea on 19 May.

What’s the story, then?

The report states Mourinho added six more names to that of captain Michael Carrick, who would reportedly have captained the side against Watford irrespective of the result on Thursday night.

The reported confirmed starters are reserve goalkeeper Sergio Romero, Daley Blind – who has looked set for the exit for months – Eric Bailly, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and his fellow forward Anthony Martial.

Those revealed names hint that the 3-5-2 formation we saw from United could remain for the visit of the Hornets but it could also be a 4-3-3, with just the full-backs and central midfielders in advance of Carrick yet to be named.

Are more changes wise?

United have struggled for consistency as Mourinho has repeatedly shuffled his deck in recent weeks but it has also worked in some regards; they’ve finished second, qualified for the FA Cup final and avoided major injuries, with the exception of Romelu Lukaku, who may still make the final.

Mourinho did similar last season, as United stuttered in the final matches to finish sixth, but turned in a professional performance in the final of the Europa League to secure victory and Champions League football this time around.

He will be hoping his players repeat the trick this term as well but Chelsea are a different prospect to the Ajax side that stood in United’s way of European glory and the starters at Wembley may well need to be at full tilt from now on; starting Sunday.