Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that his squad will be without 5 first team players for their away clash against Sunderland this weekend.
The Red Devils have been hit with an injury crisis during this crucial as well as busy period, and Jose Mourinho has now given some additional insight regarding the fitness levels of some of his injured players ahead of their Premier League encounter at the Stadium of Light.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference, the Portuguese revealed: “Wayne Rooney is not available and Ashley Young is injured. No more news, because Mata, Smalling, and Jones, you already know that, we are speaking about long-term injuries.”
Jose also spoke about Jesse Lingard’s new contract with Manchester United, by stating: “He is English, made in the academy. These players are very important for clubs.
“It is a very important contract and I congratulate him and the board to agree with him and give stability to me. Important for me to know he is not in danger [of going elsewhere]. He is a good player already and, because of his age and happiness in the work, he can be even better.”
And speaking of academy graduates’ futures at the club, Mourinho also claimed that he has already made his decision on the future of Adnan Januzaj at the club.
The Belgian starlet, who rose to fame at the Theatre of Dreams under David Moyes’ management during the 2013-14 campaign, ended up falling down the pecking order when the Scot was replaced by Louis van Gaal a season later. The 22-year-old has since struggled with life at Old Trafford, and is currently out on loan at Sunderland.
Mourinho was asked if he had already decided whether Januzaj will have a part to play at Manchester United next season, to which he replied: “Yes. I have decided, but I am not telling you.”