Jose Mourinho taking full Manchester United to squad to Stockholm…even those on crutches

by Sam Peoples

Jose Mourinho has praised the spirit of his complete Manchester United squad this season and said no player would be left behind for the trip to Stockholm.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo would almost certainly be in Man United’s starting XI against Ajax but both cruelly suffered ligament damage in the win over Anderlecht in the quarter-final to end their seasons.

Luke Shaw and Ashley Young also suffered season ending injuries but everybody – including these four injured players – will all be making the trip to Stockholm together.

“Everybody goes,” Mourinho said.

“We have a few on crutches but everybody goes. Fantastic group of players, fantastic spirit since the beginning of the season, different run, lots of matches.

“We spend more time travelling, playing, with hotels than at home because 60-something matches means 140 days in hotels, so half of the year we spend together and that is only possible when the spirit is amazing.

“Crutches for Young, for Shaw, for Rojo, for Zlatan but we all go together.”

Mourinho had his detractors when he got the United job and I’ll be honest there are still plenty around following a season full of draws and frustration. However, one thing he has brought back is the siege mentality at the club – United’s players are together and the fans are right behind them.

It’s United against the world on Wednesday. Everybody will be desperate for us to lose and we’ve thrived on that pressure in the past. Can we do it in Stockholm? Christ, I hope so.

All of United’s squad deserve to head to Stockholm so it’s great to hear they’ll all be travelling and if we can overcome an exciting and youthful Ajax side, we’ll win the last major trophy which United don’t have in our locker. Hated, adored, never ignored.

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