While Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez remain the Red Devils’ long-term absentees, Luke Shaw picked up an injury ahead of the Fulham game, whereas Chris Smalling limped off the field during the encounter.
The duo of Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian wasn’t up for selection for the 4-1 win, whereas the man of the match of that Old Trafford display, Diogo Dalot, was ruled out after the game through an unspecified injury.
Lastly, young midfielder Scott McTominay picked up an injury prior to the midweek Champions League game against Valencia, whereas injury-prone Marcos Rojo extended his steak on the sidelines after coming off at the midway point of the 2-1 defeat.
When asked if any of the starters in Valencia could retain their place against Liverpool, Jose Mourinho replied (via MEN): “Marcos Rojo no because he’s injured. The rest are not injured, they belong to the squad, we have lots of players that were not here today because they are injured.
“Smalling is injured, Lindelof is injured, Darmian is injured, Martial is injured, Dalot is injured, the only two players I could bring and didn’t was De Gea and Matic.
“Matic, you are the first ones to make the stats and to say how many minutes he is playing and you are saying week after week that he needs a rest. If he doesn’t have a rest in a match we have already qualified then he would play until he explodes, was a normal option to leave him out.
“And David is a question of give a match or no to Romero, Romero is such a good goalkeeper that I played him in the Europa League final a couple of years ago. So these were the two changes I say that could play.
“Apart from that nobody, nobody. And last week, we had three matches, the majority of the players are the players that are playing all the time and I had no other options, includes a player like Marcos Rojo that I expect to play today and give a rest to Ashley Young as an example but at half-time he is injured and he is out.
“The players that I play, if this was a match to decide the group would be a very similar team, so that’s the reality. When you analyse Manchester United and analyse our ambitions and our level sometimes you should learn the situation a little bit better because you make certain kind of comments.”
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