Manchester United Football Club are back in the country now, following their 1-1 draw away against FC Rostov. The Russian side definitely acquitted themselves very well, and the state of that pitch would have definitely favoured them – but they were more than worthy of the 1-1 draw.
Now, though, attentions have turned back to the FA Cup, with a trip to Chelsea in the offing. Ahead of that game, Jose Mourinho has been speaking to the media about injuries – and the only unavailable player is Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“We have three days and we have to travel,” Mourinho told MUTV. “We have to go to London. It’s really hard. We don’t have Zlatan, of course not, but we go with everything we have. We don’t put a [weakened] team out like some clubs sometimes – Manchester United cannot do that.”
“We know this Europa League is very important for us, and the FA Cup is beautiful. We cannot go there with a [Reserve] team, we’ll try to manage it within our squad and get a good team to compete with them.”
“Manchester United is Manchester United; it’s the winner of this competition. It’s not Chelsea’s fault we were given this Monday match. We’ll make changes, as we played on Thursday, but we cannot go to Chelsea with a [Reserve] team.”
So, it looks as though we’re actually heading into the cup game in pretty good shape in terms of injuries. Particularly with Henrikh Mkhitaryan back and available, and Eric Bailly is also in contention after his Europa League suspension.
Obviously the Zlatan three-game ban is a bit annoying, but to be honest, the rest certainly won’t do him any harm and maybe it will benefit us in the long run.
Stamford Bridge has always been somewhat of a problem ground for us to go to, and the game on Monday will obviously be another extremely tough one.