Manchester United dropped their first two Premier League points of the season over the weekend, but they still sit atop of the tree on goal difference. Jose Mourinho’s attentions will now turn to the Champions League for the first time, with a game against FC Basel in the offing.
Ahead of that match, the self-proclaimed Special One has already confirmed two starters. Whilst asked about the poor piece of defending by Phil Jones, Mourinho stated that the back two will completely change; with Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling coming into the mix.
“It is not the moment to speak, he knows the mistake,” Mourinho said of Jones’ poor performance at Stoke, as per the Manchester Evening News. “He doesn’t need me to go in to speak with him about it, so no problem.”
“Mistakes are part of the game, he’s playing well for us, he’s probably tired after two consequent matches with the national team but he cannot play Tuesday so it is good that he gets his rest and opportunity for Lindelof and Smalling to play a Champions League match.”
Of course, this was an enforced change due to the fact that Jones and Eric Bailly are both suspended, but I’m excited at the prospect of watching Victor Lindelof in competitive action for the first time.
The talented Swede has found chances limited which is understandable given the poor pre-season he had, but the Old Trafford crowd will finally get to see their man in action.
It’s good for him that he has the experience of Smalling alongside him, too, because the Englishman has played in plenty of high calibre matches during his United career – and no doubt he’ll be looking to help the 22-year-old through the fixture.
Now, it’s down to the players selected to go out there and do their job both individually and collectively – and we should secure the three points.