Goalkeeper Romero targets number one spot at Man United
The Europa League match between Manchester United and Anderlecht will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1. "I want these people to be calm, you know; I don't like people to be in hell when the moment is bad and I don't want people to be in paradise when the moment is good".
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho sent a clear message to forward Anthony Martial yesterday, saying he needs to do more to impress him and comparing his approach unfavourably with that of team-mate Marcus Rashford.
Player ratingsManchester United: Sergio Romero 6, Antonio Valencia 6, Eric Bailly 6, Marcos Rojo 5, Luke Shaw 6, Michael Carrick 6, Paul Pogba 6, Marcus Rashford 8, Jesse Lingard 6, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 5.
"He can not play every game and you want to take him [to the European Under-21 Championships in the summer] but I always trust the players with a special mentality", Mourinho said. Winning the competition would give United an automatic Champions League spot for next season. The same way I have to go in the direction of the players, the players they have also to come in my direction.
'Do I think he can play successfully for me?
Anthony Martial was left out of Manchester United's squad to face Chelsea last Sunday.
Despite United's 100% record at home in the competition, and the fact that they have conceded just one Europa League goal at Old Trafford this season, approaching this match for anything but a comfortable win would be unthinkable.
United, meanwhile, are likely to recall their leading marksman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who started from the bench against Chelsea as Mourinho said the 35-year-old was "very tired". If not, one day you have a problem and the goalkeeper doesn't have the feeling for the match.
The 1-1 draw has put them in a position of strength and judging by the evidence of the first leg, it would be a considerable shock if Mourinho's attempts to win a second trophy for his club were to end under the floodlights at Old Trafford. I always think that football is a lot about motivational levels and, of course, playing the leaders is always a challenge. "In the Europa League".
But following a 2-1 defeat to rival Manchester City in September, Mourinho publicly criticized Mkhitaryan's performance and he wouldn't play in the Premier League again for 11 weeks.
"We lost players in the January market, we didn't bring in anyone, we lost players in worldwide week, so we need everyone that can and Wayne can".