Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that the International break will pose a threat to his squad plans for the upcoming Manchester Derby.
The Special One will have to make a few changes to his current Manchester United squad, as some of his players may not be able to feature in the Derby.
Manchester United face Manchester City on the 10th of September in what is highly anticipated to be Mourinho’s defining match as a Red Devils manager.
A large number of Mourinho’s squad has left to join their respective nations, with a fair number of players still left.
Manchester United’s top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimović was awarded an extended break by Jose, meaning that the manager is left with almost no first-team members to work with.
While most of the first-team squad will be back in just under a week till the fixture, all the South American players will only join the squad a day before the match. This includes Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia, defender Marcos Rojo, and goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
“We keep eight outfield players and Sam Johnstone as the goalkeeper. We are going to lose the others and we don’t know the way they train, the way they recover, the life they are going to have with their national teams,” Mourinho told MUTV.
“Some are coming back on the Monday before the Manchester City match but some are coming back on Friday. The day before Man City, we will still have Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Valencia arriving.
“It will be a complicated process but we know it is like this when we have these players. And I would love all of the players to go because it would mean that everybody is being selected for their national teams.”
Antonio Valencia has been a star performer for Manchester United this season and has even been nominated for the Premier League player of the month award for August.
Should Valencia not be fit enough for the derby, Jose Mourinho may be forced to play Matteo Darmian, or possibly Chris Smalling in the right-back role.