Mourinho Hints He Could Start Surprise Player Against Man City

Mourinho Hints He Could Start Surprise Player Against Man City

On Shaw and how he has been performing in training recently, Mourinho said that the 22-year-old has proved his worth and deserves his opportunity.

Jose Mourinho has hinted that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could start in this weekend's Manchester derby. "More importantly, the other guys deserve an opportunity to play".

"Of course he's maybe a bit exhausted and has only had a few days to recover, but he's very happy and he'll try to keep his momentum, because since he's been back he's been phenomenal".

"Zlatan needs sometimes very hard work on the muscular area that supports the knee that had the problem", Mourinho added. To work really hard for a certain period of time, he can not play in these days, so we made a decision to do that after Watford.

United had until 1pm yesterday to appeal against the resulting three-game suspension but Mourinho would only say Pogba will start in United's final Champions League group match against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford tonight.


With Sunday's derby against Manchester City looming, Mourinho could be tempted to ring the changes but he is reluctant to do with United still needing a point to be sure of winning Group A. I am not going to make him play so Matic is out. "I'm learning every day and I work hard every day to try to help the team". He is in a cycle of work, in the gym and on the pitch.

Mourinho confirmed he would be without Nemaja Matic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly on Tuesday, while he will consider making changes before such a sizable league fixture. He'll be back to normal after CSKA'.

And with that in mind, here is a potential XI for the meeting with the Russian side including Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw. "There are other clubs also involved in the qualification and I need to keep a certain balance in the team", Mourinho said. To start or be on the bench.

As far as the visitors are concerned, Viktor Goncharenko will be without Pontus Wernbloom and Bibras Natcho, who are serving a one-match ban, while Georgi Schennikov (ankle) and Aleksei Berezutski (calf) are on the treatment table.

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