Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United blew their last chance of a Premier League top four finish after they were held to a draw last weekend against Swansea City.
Many believed Man United would finally make it into the top four as Manchester City had also dropped points, but the side failed to capitalise and only made the task in hand harder.
Man United beat Celta Vigo 1-0 in the Europa League semi-final first leg in Spain on Thursday and, Mourinho has confirmed it’s not worth risking some key first-team players against Arsenal on Sunday.
“We are going to try (to win),” he said.
“We are going to try, we are not going to Arsenal to say ‘beat us’, or ‘beat us 5 or 6-0’. We are going there to fight for a result.
“But it’s impossible like I cannot do it in another way.
“If Celta was playing with their best team, if Celta was fighting for important things in LaLiga, we would go in the same circumstances.
“But I cannot now play with the same team that played here, and then repeat again on the next Thursday.
“So, we have to be human with the players, we have to be sensible and common sense in relation to our situation in the Premier League.
“And I think the last match against Swansea was our last chance to fight for top four, so I am going to rest players, yeah.”
It’s a shame because Man United had a good chance of making the Premier League top four, and although it’s not great that all our eggs are in the Europa League basket, the side have a great chance of making it back into the Champions League and winning some silverware.