Mourinho can’t confirm extent of injuries
Jose Mourinho was unable to confirm if Manchester United have any fresh injuries ahead of their home game against Fulham on Saturday.
Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez are certainly ruled out of the match while the Red Devils boss did indicate that Chris Smalling, Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are all injury worries for the visit of Claudio Ranieri’s men to Old Trafford.
‘I don’t know,’ he said.
‘Training session, 11 o’clock will give us some answers.
‘Smalling, Jones, Martial, Bailly, of course Lindelof and Alexis we don’t even speak about them.
‘But we need answers and for sure we are going to play with players not at the maximum of their potential but players who will put themselves available for the team like Smalling did last match, Jones at Southampton, players in difficulty who go one step forward to try and help the team.’
Mourinho admits he is reluctant to pick summer signing Fred until his side are ‘defensively stronger’.
The 25-year-old, a £47m summer signing from Shakhtar Donetsk, was not included in Mourinho’s injury-hit squad for United’s midweek draw with Arsenal.
‘Step by step,’ Mourinho said about Fred’s progress on Friday.
‘You also have other players in other clubs that needed their time, and you have some of them that played even less than Fred.
‘When the team is defensively stronger and doesn’t need people in midfield that are more worried about giving some balance to the team than being involved in creation and attacking dynamics, I think the horizons for Fred change completely.’