Last week, a combination of injuries, suspensions, and a crowded schedule forced Jose Mourinho to look deeper than usual into Manchester United's reserve team for extra bodies to fill the squad picked to play Arsenal. This raised reasonable hope that former New York Red Bulls Academy player Matt Olosunde might make his first team debut for Man United.
In the end, Olosunde didn't even make the bench for the Arsenal game, but he might have another shot at his debut this week. Man United qualified for the Europa League final after securing a draw with Celta Vigo on May 11. The team is back in action - and back in London - for Tottenham Hotspur's last game at White Hart Lane before it is demolished to make way for a new stadium for the London club.
United will close out the 2016-17 season with four games in 11 days - culminating in the Europa League final on May 24 - so the schedule is no less congested than it was last week. The club could still finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, but that will likely require winning its remaining three games, and would still be dependent on other results going its way. Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to win the Europa League (and the Champions League qualification that comes with the title), and his Premier League selections might become increasingly unusual as he seeks to rest and protect the players he wants for the final against Ajax.
So this week's match against Tottenham is another opportunity for Olosunde to make his Premier League debut. And if it doesn't happen, there are still two league games ahead in which Mourinho might decide to give his young American full back a run with the first team.
Per livesoccertv.com, here's where those watching from the USA can find the game: