Key duo fitness a major concern for Jose ahead of Europa final

Key duo fitness a major concern for Jose ahead of Europa final

By Mark Weasley

Manchester United could be dealt a huge blow in their quest of winning the Europa League final after Eric Bailly and Marouane Fellaini both suffered knocks against Southampton, a game which ended in a 0-0 stalemate. The pair picked up knocks in the match at St. Mary’s stadium, a game which had no significance whatsoever.

Fellaini picked up an hamstring problem in the drab draw while Bailly, who is suspended for the Final picked up a knock but he should he able to shake it off.

Speaking after the game to MUTV, the manager said,  “On top of his experience, he says it was a minimal thing but minimal can be a big thing. Let’s wait for tomorrow but he needed to play.

“I couldn’t protect him as he needed to play. He didn’t play for three matches due to suspension. Players need not only to rest but also to play. He wasn’t playing a lot so he had to play today. I don’t blame myself or our decision but let’s wait,” he added.

United head into the final in Sweden on Wednesday knowing that a win would grant them automatic entry into next season’s Champions League group stages, which would compensate for what has been a disastrous league campaign.

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