Manchester United’s fringe players had a chance to impress Jose Mourinho against Brighton and Hove Albion last week, and they failed miserably.
No player aside from David de Gea performed well as Man United, without changing their approach once, failed to bring any energy or efficiency to the ball throughout the game, losing 1-0 in the end.
Thankfully for them, however, Mourinho looks set to name a similarly second string side for the trip to West Ham United on Thursday night.
With that in mind, here are three players who must start at the Olympic Stadium in United’s final away game of the campaign.
Martial toiled out on the left hand side last week, unable to exploit space in behind or find space in the box, and following Marcus Rashford‘s ineffective display at No.9 supporters will be hoping to see the Frenchman receive a chance to inflict damage up front.
Up against an ageing defence and a team now safe from relegation, surely Martial will relish the opportunity to attack down the centre with Romelu Lukaku still on the sidelines.
The youngster’s opportunities in the starting XI have dried up since the return of Ander Herrera from injury but he nonetheless remains part of Mourinho’s plans at Old Trafford.
Mourinho is likely to produce a starting XI against Watford which aligns with the team he’ll play in the FA Cup final (aside from Lukaku’s absence and Michael Carrick‘s inclusion). And the clash with West Ham therefore serves as the perfect time for the Scot to receive a reward for all the hard work put in over the campaign.
This is not a game in which Ashley Young will start due to the clash with Watford three days later, giving Shaw another opportunity to deliver an energetic performance down the left hand side.
He performed well against AFC Bournemouth ahead of the FA Cup semi-final with Spurs and Mourinho, at a time when fringe players need to step in, will hope he can do the same again.