Mourinho May Be Manchester United’s Next Centre-Back

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Manchester United’s injury woes continue to snowball, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah being the latest addition to the casualty list. The defender is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a suspected dislocated shoulder injury.

With Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Marcos Rojo out for considerable amount of time, Fosu-Mensah’s injury would have surely given Mourinho a headache.

Mourinho had described the Dutch footballer’s injury as “significant,” which now leaves him without eight senior players for the visit of Swansea City to Old Trafford on Sunday.

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However, Mourinho seems to have found the comic side during this crestfallen situation. Eric Bailly is the only recognised fit centre-half left at the Portuguese’s disposal, and hence, will have to play all the time because of the club’s defensive crisis.

Moreover, with Daley Blind operating as a makeshift central defender, Mourinho has now joked that he may have to play as a centre-back against Swansea.

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Mourinho stated: “In this moment he [Bailly] is the only option we have. It’s Axel, Eric and Daley. I think Eric and Daley they played again absolutely amazingly. I have to speak with them and see how they are, see how they feel.

“I’m also training hard in the gym so I can also be an option. Mourinho and Tuanzebe against Swansea.”

Manchester United still have a lot to play for, as race to the Top 4 is nowhere near finished. Also, with Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo around the corner, the Red Devils will definitely have to bring out their A game. But with the declining availability of players, the job will be much more strenuous than one would imagine.


Written by Sidharth Jindal. Tweet to get in touch with him.


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