Manchester United youngsters Matty Willock, Matthew Olosunde and Demetri Mitchell have been included in the travelling squad for the Premier League fixture against Tottenham on Sunday.Mitchell and Olosunde were named in the United travelling squad which left Manchester United vs Tottenham Live Stockport Station on Saturday afternoon and could make their debuts in the last ever game to be held at White Hart Lane.
Date and Time: 14 May, 2017
Venue: The Lane
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The youngsters have a greater chance of making the bench after M.E.N. photographers revealed Paul Pogba and Antonio Valencia did not board United’s train.Olosunde, 19, impressed for the second string in their Monday night draw at Arsenal while 20-year-old Mitchell was nominated for the Reserves’ Player of the Year along with Tuanzebe last week.
Mourinho confirmed on Thursday he would heavily rotate his team for the remaining Premier League games.”I have to give some minutes to everyone because we have only 15 players,” he said. “So I have to play them. But I have to play them mixed.
“I have to player them by periods. And I don’t have another solution. In the Premier League we can only finish fifth or sixth, I think. I don’t think we can finish seventh and I don’t think we can finish fourth. So fifth or sixth.”We can win a trophy and by winning that trophy we can play Champions League next season. So that’s the game.But obviously, like we did against Arsenal, we didn’t throw the match away. We played, we tried to win. We gave a difficult match to our opponent. We had out chances to get a different result. And that’s what we are going to do.
We are not going to say that matches are not important matches. They are important. But we have one that is more important than others. But the match on Sunday is important for us, too.”
Mourinho acknowledged his first season with the club could still be considered a failure.
“I think by you media, I think you have the right to say it,” he agreed. “And I think it makes sense to say it. But I don’t feel like that.
“I don’t want the players to feel like that. I don’t think the board feels like that. Because we work very hard. We work very hard. I probably work, this season, harder than ever. When I analyse, I don’t think that way. But if I was in your chair, maybe.
At best, it’s been a mixed bag. The statement-sending additions of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Paul Pogba have added some much needed stardust to a squad of extremely costly nearly men, while Eric Bailly has proven to be a solid addition at the back. They went unbeaten in the Premier League for something like a million years until losing against Arsenal last weekend, while the League Cup was won at Wembley, meaning José Mourinho has continued his record of efficiently delivering silverware. The Europa League may well be added to that haul – only a promising but ultimately flimsy Ajax side stand between United and their second Cup of the season.
Worryingly but not surprisingly, Mourinho has acted less like the calculating genius of years past and more like the petulant brat of last season, frequently being sent to the stands and finding himself unable to influence games as he would prefer. Their best performances have come in Cup games no-one especially cares about, while the biggest games – home to Manchester City, away to Liverpool, away to Chelsea – have brought varying degrees of humiliation. And the home draws against the likes of Burnley, West Ham, Bournemouth, West Brom and Swansea have been very frustrating.
There are mitigating circumstances: several big names bedding in at once, others going off the boil, others yet to bloom, a fixture pile-up of nightmarish proportions and abnormally abysmal shooting figures, but one thing’s for sure: something has to change.
The Final Few Games
United were out of the title race before Christmas and, as you’ll probably enjoy, the Red Devils are now 12 points behind Spurs and still outside the automatic Champions League qualification spots, comfortably behind fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
There’s also the small matter of Zlatan Ibrahimović’s future to be resolved. Atlético Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann is widely expected to arrive in the summer, and it could be that the maverick Swede calls time on his Premier League career after a solitary season and moves to MLS. No one would be happy to see him go, not even Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who would presumably be the immediate beneficiaries. In an increasingly polarised world there are few things that we all agree on, but one of those is that Zlatan is bloody brilliant.
There are few surprises with José Mourinho these days – in more senses than one.
The 4-2-3-1 is as religiously favoured as ever, with one sitting midfielder primarily dictating play and another more combative one primarily breaking up the opposition’s attacks. The full-backs are defenders first and foremost, though Antonio Valencia is overlapping like a young Branislav Ivanović at the moment and the Ecuadorian’s renaissance as a less subtle Dani Alves has been one of the season’s understated highlights.
The wide attackers are still usually fielded as inside forwards, cutting in from the touchline and looking to drive through the centre-back/full-back channel in front of them (when they’re not busy tracking opposition full-backs). A big, totemic striker holds the ball up, physically bullies the opposition centre-backs and scores goals.Their threat from set plays could arguably be greater, but they’re still dangerous whenever the ball is stopped, and although they’ve lost something of their lustre over the last few years, this is still Manchester United and they have individuals talented and free enough to decide a game with a piece of genius at any given moment. Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial… bloody hell.
Unsurprisingly, given the identity of their manager, the most strikingly positive thing about this Man Utd team is their high level of organisation and their hard work off the ball. Always fully aware of their objectives, both individually and collectively, nothing has been left to chance and the players are always ready to their job, exactly as they’ve been told to do it. Even Luke Shaw.
First and foremost, this manifests itself in a visible work ethic and good defensive figures: 18.3 tackles per game, 15.4 interceptions and 13 fouls are very high numbers for a team which almost always looks to have the lion’s share of the ball and play the majority of the game in the opposition half. There’s no nonsense in and around their own box: they make 28.9 clearances per game, while blocking 8.7 passes per game – the Premier League’s fifth and fourth highest figures respectively.
Consequently, it’s hard to get a shot away at their goal – only four teams have allowed fewer shots on their goals this season – and if you do manage to shoot, you’ve got to beat David De Gea, which is far easier said than done: only two teams have recorded a higher save percentage than Man Utd’s 73.3% this season.
In attack, they’ve taken 16.1 shots per game – the fourth highest number in the league – and they shoot relatively accurately, with 5.9 of those shots ending up on target – also the league’s fourth highest figure. Their attacking threat is varied: as the goals scored by Juan Mata against Leicester and Zlatan Ibrahimović against West Ham proved, to name but two, they’re capable of Total Footballing their way to success, but they’re also unafraid of using their considerable height to their advantage: no team has lost fewer aerial duels than Man Utd so far this season, while the Red Devils have created 2.7 chances per game using crosses, resulting in 2.3 headed shots per game – the league’s fourth highest figures.
They’re also very careful with the ball – not as horrendously careful as they were last season, mind, but careful nonetheless: they have the second highest pass completion rate in the division.
In short: they’re generally really good.
If they could convert chances into goals as well as they do everything else, Manchester United vs Tottenham Live stream would have won the league this season. Several of their outings this season have seen them make a million chances and miss them all, only to be floored by an opposition sucker punch. Only Southampton have recorded a lower conversion rate than Man Utd’s 24.9%. It’s so obvious now that they need ten shots to score a goal that it’s starting to become funny.