Manchester United face their biggest game of the season on Sunday when they host bitter rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford.
Mourinho’s men go into the game unbeaten at home in their last 40 games, while Pep Guardiola’s City side are yet to be beaten all season. It truly promises to be a classic encounter.
Injuries have often blighted United’s season’s in the past, and this season is no different. The treatment table at Old Trafford has been occupied throughout the campaign, and going into the derby clash Jose Mourinho will find himself with a number of absentees.
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini is a slight doubt with a knee injury along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic who missed both of United’s last fixtures against Arsenal and CSKA Moscow.
Phil Jones is likely to return following a calf injury he sustained whilst on international duty with England, but Michael Carrick and Eric Bailly will definitely miss out on the clash.
United’s midfield will have taken a huge hit with Paul Pogba’s absence following suspension, and Nemanja Matic’s injury is also a big concern, however Jose Mourinho says the Serbian WILL play.
Speaking after United’s 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night, Mourinho gave a little injury update –
as well as throwing some mind games into the mix with rival Guardiola.
Guardiola said earlier in the week that David Silva, arguably City’s best player so far this season, is a doubt for the clash. But Jose is having absolutely none of it, and revealed the ‘truth’ behind his own team’s injury news.
“Do you want the truth or what do you want? You want the truth,” the United boss said, laughing.
“The truth is Eric Bailly, no chance for the weekend. Phil Jones a chance.
“(Marouane) Fellaini a chance, Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) a big chance and (Nemanja) Matic is injured but will play for sure.
“I’m telling the truth. He’s injured but he will play for sure. (Michael) Carrick no chance.
“It’s the truth, eh? No stories of (Alexandre) Lacazette, David Silva. All the truth.”
[Quotes via Sky Sports]