April 24, 2017

Europa final would be 'perfect' end to season, says Mourinho

21 April 2017, 03:16 | Pamela Mathis

GETTY Man United star Ander Herrera dazzled against Chelsea

Ander Herrera

Mourinho does not seem to be thrilled with Anthony Martial this season, as he has only scored three goals all year in league play.

JOSE Mourinho says Anthony Martial needs to step up and start taking his message on board if the forward is to achieve his potential at Manchester United.

Sergio Romero will play in goal for the home team, with Mourinho asserting that the backup keeper deserves to play out the remainder of United's Europa League games.

Asked about the condition of the pair, Mourinho said: "I want to wait, but my feeling is not good for both".

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was rested during United's surprise 2-0 defeat of Chelsea on Sunday, is expected to return to first team action for the second leg of the quarter-final.

The Reds continue to be without Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, while Juan Mata is still recovering from a groin operation, with the trio unlikely to return to action until next month.

United first went ahead in the 10th minute after a finely measured pass from Paul Pogba found Rashford wide on the left.

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More accustomed to watching the 19-year-old run at full-backs from the left flank and attempt to cut inside for a shot at goal, fans were treated to another weapon in the youngster's arsenal as he was entrusted with the majority of set-pieces against Chelsea. The same way I know what the players like, the players know what I like.

"We are together now for nearly 10 months and the same way I know the players much better now, the players should know me also much better now", said Mourinho, who opted for Jesse Lingaard and Rashford in attack against Chelsea.

Olympique Lyon are braced for fresh turbulence as they take a 2-1 lead into the away leg of their tie against Turkish giants Besiktas at Istanbul's intimidating Vodafone Arena.

Winning the Europa League would guarantee a Champions League place, even if United finish outside the Premier League's top four.

"Mentally we played against the leaders and it is important to have a bit of rotation. That goal gives us extra motivation".

"I know we are together for nearly 10 months", Mourinho told a news conference when asked if he was happy with Martial's performances. Genk, also seeking their first semi-final appearance, are unbeaten in eight home matches in European competitions.

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