Jose Mourinho has been boosted by the return of three of his Manchester United players as the Red Devils host Newcastle United on Saturday.
Manchester United will be looking to return to winning ways as we return to club football after the international break as they face Newcastle. And the Red Devils will be buoyed by the return of three of last season’s talismans – Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, who are all in contention to feature on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho confirmed the aforementioned in the pre-match conference, stating that the trio are back to being available for United, and all three are likely to be named in the matchday squad.
“The players that stayed here and [were] recovering from injuries, even the ones that are recovering from big injuries, they are ready to play – Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.”
Jose highlighted on Pogba’s importance to the United gameplay by telling everyone to glance upon their fortunes with and without the French superstar.
“You can clearly see Manchester United this season before Paul’s injury and after Paul’s injury. It’s as simple as that.”
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Zlatan has not featured since his injury in the Europa League game against Anderlecht and his return will boost Mourinho more than anything else, as stated by his own manager.
“He made a full recovery. Now you cannot expect him to be ready to play 90 minutes or to be ready to play consecutive matches like he did all his career. Now he needs time to be back to his level, his fitness, his confidence, his sharpness, his everything. But, from the clinical point of view, to be good and ready is fantastic.”
Apart from the trio, Jose Mourinho was told to comment upon Phil Jones and his unavailability, which has frustrated the manager after it was revealed that the player had started the international friendly with a knock.
The defender is set to miss the game along with Michael Carrick, who too is yet to return to full fitness. However, Jose Mourinho could give Victor Lindelof a shot at redeeming himself after a horrendous start to his Premier League career.
The Swede starred in his nation’s playoff win over Italy and has fought himself into contention with his displays during the international break.
Newcastle, meanwhile, will be missing the services of Mikel Merino, Christian Atsu and Jamaal Lascelles, with Paul Dummett still a few weeks away from achieving full fitness.