Man Utd Team News: Mourinho Confirms Boost But 6 Players Ruled Out Of Liverpool Game
Jose Mourinho has confirmed an injury boost but six other Man Utd players have been ruled out of the visit of Liverpool this weekend.
Manchester United will be looking to cement their position in second place when they take on Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.
Jose Mourinho has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s provided a team news and injury update ahead of the game.
The United boss confirmed a boost with the news that Marouane Fellaini is back in contention after recovering from a knee injury that’s hampered him in recent weeks.
The Belgian international hasn’t featured for United since the defeat at Tottenham on January 31st after undergoing surgery but Fellaini is now available to face Liverpool tomorrow.
Mourinho also confirmed that Eric Bailly is fully fit and pushing for a recall to the starting eleven after making two substitute appearances since recovering from a knee injury that kept him out for three months.
The United boss also said some of his other injured players are close to making their return to action, however, none will be available for selection this weekend.
Mourinho told ManUtd.com:
“Yeah, he [Bailly] was fully fit for a couple of weeks. Yeah, but he’s okay. The only one that is back to the team is Fellaini.”
“It’s basically the same [squad]. The people injured are recovering step by step and a few of them are very, very close to a return – but not yet. We are fine, we have a squad ready for everything. The number we choose – 23 – was to protect them and we are coping with that.”
Mourinho’s comments suggest that Anthony Martial will miss the Liverpool game with a knock that kept him out of the win at Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Ander Herrera is also still recovering from a hamstring injury while Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are also still on the sidelines so United will be without six players.
United head in to the game tomorrow sitting second in the Premier League table but with Liverpool just two points behind, it’s all to play for at Old Trafford.
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