As it has been the story of Manchester United so far in the season, one step forwards results in two unfortunate steps back. As Jose Mourinho gets ready to manage his squad after a break in order to face West Brom in the beginning of a hectic April, he unfortunately faces injury crisis occurred to two players during the international week off.
The unfortunate duo to suffer these injuries are English centre backs Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, who were confirmed by the Portuguese manager to be out for a long while.
This rubs salt into United’s wounds as they go into the next match without star men Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, and Ander Herrera already.
Jose Mourinho said in his press conference: “They [the injured players] are not important. The important ones are the ones who are ready to play, that’s the way we have to think we cannot be here crying or speaking about the players who are not available to play.
“You know that Zlatan and Ander Herrera are suspended, that Herrera is two matches ban for that episode against Chelsea. You know what happened in the English national team with Smalling and Jones, you know we have also Paul Pogba injured.”
Manchester United are currently four points behind 4th place Liverpool, but have two games in hand and a slightly upper advantage at the weekend, as Klopp’s men face Everton in the Merseyside Derby, and could be dropping crucial points allowing the Red Devils to catch cup.