Jose Mourinho drops major selection hint ahead of Man City v Man United

Jose Mourinho hints that he will play a weakened side in Manchester United's clash with Manchester City on Thursday

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Hublot

Jose Mourinho has hinted that he will play a weakened side in Manchester United’s Premier League showdown with Manchester City.

The Red Devils boosted their hopes of securing a top-four finish with an impressive 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney.

That result left Manchester United just a point behind fourth-placed Manchester City heading into Thursday’s showdown.

And the Red Devils’ top-four hopes were also boosted after Liverpool were beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday.

However, Manchester United will take on Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-finals next month and Mourinho has suggested that he will prioritise that competition over the Europa League.

“[There is] one point [between United and Manchester City] so the situation is open but Man City has to play Premier League football and we have to play in the semi-finals of a European competition,” Mourinho told his post-match news conference on Sunday.

“Yes, it’s an objective to try to finish in the top four but my feeling, my understanding, what I like to share, is that this club is made to win trophies.

“In the Premier League, we cannot win it. In the Europa League, we have a 25-per-cent chance of winning it. So, I think we have to put everything into the Europa League.”

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Manchester City head into Thursday’s game on the back of their disappointing 2-1 loss to Arsenal after extra-time in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley.

Manchester United finished fifth and won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal last season.

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