Manchester United lost 2-0 away at Arsenal, with Jose Mourinho claiming he fielded a weakened side with one eye on tomorrow's crucial Europa League clash against Celta Vigo.
It goes without saying that, as a big club, Manchester United want to be competing in the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League but to let such a desire transcend to a striking lack of enthusiasm towards the Europa League is somewhat disrespectful.
United rested the likes of Marcus Rashford, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Paul Pogba for the 2-0 defeat which all but ended their hopes of qualifying for next seasons Champions League via a fourth-placed finish.
I've had to try to take my chance when called upon. "It doesn't make a difference for me if you play with three at the back or four", the Swiss said.
We saw so many excitements today in the English Premier League. My feeling is also the most important match of our history. My feelings on it are it is the most important match for us.
United are facing the prospect of finishing outside the top four of the Premier League for the second consecutive season - they finished fifth under Louis van Gaal in the previous campaign.
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"The situation is simple".
"I am very pleased with the performance but not with the result", Mourinho said during his post-match press conference. "It's not a gamble, it was a simple decision, a decision based on common sense and a effect of our situation". But we will give everything we can. "We are giving everything so, when you give everything, no problem".
And Herrera again played a key role in helping his side get over the line and the midfielder credited Mourinho for helping him feel more important at Old Trafford this season.
Carrick can not wait to step out at Old Trafford - a stadium "made for big games" - on Thursday night. I could say for example the match against Chelsea, the match was really a very strong Old Trafford. "Realistically this will be hard through the league".
"I've been at this club for 13 years; of course I want to play football".
Rooney spoke of his desire to win the competition on the eve of the semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo. MUTV subscribers in the UK & Ireland and worldwide users of the MUTV App on iOS and Android can tune in to Match Day Live from 19:00 BST for all the build-up and then listen to live radio commentary, before watching the 90 minutes in full from midnight.