It is a busy period at the moment for Man Utd as Mourinho juggles his assets with Europa League commitments and the EFL Cup final against Southampton next weekend but has promised “we will go seriously” when he selects his side for the trip to Ewood Park. He has some scope now they have a handy 3-0 lead going into Wednesday’s second leg against St Etienne but the Portuguese was far from happy with the focus and approach from some of his players at Old Trafford on Thursday as they rode their luck once or twice before pulling clear thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick.
A few stern words with the responsible parties should elicit a strong response in East Lancashire and keep their season alive on four fronts – although Jose is not looking forward to the usual backlog of fixtures when the schedule gets very sticky in April and May. There is a good deal of disruption in the ranks at Blackburn under Owen Coyle with his side second bottom in the Championship and frustration reared its ugly head in midweek.
It all boiled over with Hope Akpan getting a red card at Sheffield Wednesday for shoving the referee after a disallowed goal and his absence through suspension now leaves Coyle facing a team that has lost just once in 23 outings without a whopping nine first-team regulars. The ground will be packed to the rafters and Coyle hopes the showdown will bring an “energy and new freshness” but they look out of their depth and the visitors are expected to show no mercy.