Originally Posted by Skholesy
Why? Its not like we'd play our youth in the Champions League games? Just because its a lesser competition doesn't mean we don't compete and throw it away like we did the Carling Cup. A team like ours should be built to be competing in all fronts, that's why we pay big money for players and pay good wages.
We should treat it as though its the Champions League, are you saying we should played weakened teams in the CL so that it doesn't disrupt our league charge?
We aren't built on such attitudes that "oh, its only the Europa league, we don't need to win it". We are Manchester United, and such mentality is why teams don't win trophies - our mentality should be that we rotate sensibly in the league and cup games, in order to achieve the best possible finish in all of the competitions. We're not Stoke or Birmingham who's worse impact is relegation if competing hard for the Europa League.
I say it again, we're Manchester United, we go for the win. I'd be upset if we played the same team as the Carling Cup against Palace. We should rotate a few players but play a strong team.
I understand where your coming from, and as I stated above I think rotation cost us in the Champions League, and it was not something I wanted us to do to the extent that we did. The Champions League for me is on par with the league in terms of importance, so I'd always like to see lineups as strong as possible in both these competitions. The Europa League however just isn't the same. If a player of great importance to our team was to get injured in that competition, and potentially miss a big game in the Prem as a result, I'd be very disappointed. If we were to win the Europa League do you think the players and staff would relish it?