Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that his team heads into a spell of crucial games with a worrisome load of injuries.
The Red Devils are all set to travel to Spain and face Sevilla in the first leg of their round-of-16 encounter in the Champions League this coming Wednesday.
However, ahead of these important match-ups, manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his concern regarding the injuries that have been piling up in his squad.
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In the Reds’ previous game, which was an FA Cup tie against Huddersfield Town, United were without the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
After the match, which ended 2-0 in favour of the Mancunian outfit, Mourinho spoke about this issue, and revealed: “I didn’t rest one single player so we had today every player available here. I didn’t rest anyone.
“I brought two kids that played on Friday 90 minutes [for the under-23s] because I don’t have another player, so we arrive at this crucial moment with some problems.”
Further, he provided an injury update for his team’s upcoming game, by adding: “Can we recover some of them to Wednesday? I believe so.
“I think Rashford, Herrera, Valencia — I think they have a chance. Paul, I don’t know. Marco Rojo, Phil Jones, Marouane, Zlatan — I don’t think they have any chance.”
Despite these injury setbacks, though, the Portuguese tactician remains confident of securing victories as long as his players maintain a confident and positive mentality.
“You know, I think mentality is very important, and we have strong team strong bonding, strong team mentality. We know it is a very difficult match but we go for it,” concluded the 55-year-old.