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Guidetti is relishing Celta’s underdog status before tonight’s tieMIGUEL RIOPA  GETTY IMAGES

Marcus Rashford could be one such player after he limped off after scoring in the Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo, where Ashley Young exited with an apparent hamstring complaint shortly after coming on. In the last two decades Arsenal have never finished outside the top four while United have done so twice; this year one of them looks likely to finish sixth, the position Arsenal now occupy with five matches remaining.

He added of Wenger: "I think he will be very pleased with me that I am going to be changing my team to play against Arsenal, he will be really happy with me". And Lingard admits they will have to beat Arsenal to stand any chance of getting into the top four this season.

"But surely you want a fall-back option as well so it would be foolish to rest too many players on Sunday".

Another goalless draw is well within the realms of possibility, as is either side just doing enough to nick it 1-0.

Domestically, United are only a point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, with an inferior goal difference, but have trips to Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton still to come within the next 12 days ahead of a final-day clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. I spoke before about the players dealing with stress. If Celta was playing with their best team, if Celta was fighting for important things in La Liga, we would go in the same circumstances.

"The players that have accumulated lots of minutes are not going to play next weekend", said Mourinho after the Celta win.

Arsenal were fortunate to recruit Jens Lehmann as a short-term replacement for Seaman, but once the German left they too embarked on a hard spell with the likes of Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski failing to convince in the No. 1 spot.

As the game opened up, Rashford produced a moment of brilliance by winning a free-kick on the edge of the area and picking himself up to curl home a wonderful effort into the far corner.

Mourinho can, and does, ridicule Arsène Wenger as a specialist in failure and a dweller in the past, but two decades at the same club is not something the United manager is going to approach. Anders Herrera has had an impressive season for United and we need him to be firing on all cylinders on the tackling front this weekend, hopefully alongside [Paul] Pogba. I don't tell you what I tell them.

"We all know what a great passing side Arsenal can be, given the chance, so a big part of the battle is taking control of the midfield. But it's impossible not to rest players", Mourinho was quoted by the Guardian. That does not mean Rashford will not play, since the Portuguese has used him 48 times this season, but many of those were on the wing, as would probably be the case again if, say, Antoine Griezmann was to arrive. In addition to that, we are also getting a good price on both teams to score and with two good strike forces and two weak defenses we are in for a shot at the price we are getting.

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