Manchester United are hosting Everton in a game that they simply must win in order to stay close to the top four, coming Sunday they play at Sunderland, and, under certain circumstances, that could be the last time Jose Mourinho will field his best possible 11 in a Premier League game this season.
It’s possible that you see me play in the Premier League with a team where I’m going to protect the players that I consider fundamental for the Europa League
the Portuguese manager told reporters, clearing out that this could happen
only if the results in the next matches put us in a situation where, mathematically, it becomes almost impossible to finish in the top four
Next week Man Utd are traveling to Anderlecht for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final battle versus the Belgian side. Before hosting Anderlecht a week later, United are playing against Chelsea at Old Trafford, while until the end of the season they still have to play against Man City, Arsenal and Tottenham.
Mourinho’s team are currently fifth in the table, five points behind Manchester City and six behind Liverpool, but with games in hand.