Manchester United are playing so many games without really having the time to recover and overthink things too much, and that certainly gives the manager a decision to make when it comes to selecting his teams. Now, the boss has confirmed a couple of key injuries.
The self-proclaimed Special One has been speaking to the media, and confirmed that David de Gea was rested at the weekend, whereas both Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones are injured – with the current Manchester United captain facing a race against time to be fit for the EFL Cup final this coming Sunday.
“David De Gea was rested. Rooney is injured. Phil Jones is injured. I don’t think they will recover (to play Saint-Etienne on Wednesday).” Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
“Antonio Valencia was rested but Rooney and Jones haven’t trained with the team yet so I don’t think they will be there for Wednesday.”
The gaffer was then asked if Rooney will be fit for the EFL Cup final, he replied: “I don’t know.”
It is great news that both Antonio Valencia and David de Gea will be fit and raring to go for the Wembley showpiece, as both players have become such a vital part of our starting XI recently.
However, Wayne Rooney’s injury concern is an odd one. He has been missing with an illness for around two weeks now, so it must be a rather serious bout of something or other. Either that, or there is more going on behind the scenes than we know of.
It’s definitely fair to say that the form of Rooney hasn’t been great of late, and it would be gutting if he isn’t able to take part against Southampton at the weekend – even if he’s only fit enough for a spot on the bench, I believe it’s worth the risk.