Manchester United take on the old enemy, Liverpool, at Anfield this Sunday, in a game that could well define the Red Devils’ season.
As things stand, United’s title race is already over, but Jose Mourinho will still harbour aspirations of a top-four finish.
For the self-proclaimed Special One, picking up points in tricky away games became his ‘thing’, although at Old Trafford, he has struggled to do that. Going to take on the table-toppers in their own back yard is never easy, and before the clash, Mourinho has given the media the all-important injury update…
“I hope that between now and tomorrow’s training session we can have some positive news. But the situation is not easy,” Mourinho told reporters, including ManUtd.com.
“The latest is to tell you that in Valencia only De Gea and Matic were available to play and didn’t travel by decision. Apart from that, the players that didn’t travel they were not fit to play in Valencia. All of them, they had injuries and they were not ready. All of them, they didn’t train yesterday again.
“Today there will be a little – I don’t want to say test – but a little introduction to training to see the answer, to see the adaptation and to see that we can increase a little bit tomorrow to have them available for Sunday. It’s better not to say for sure but I hope that some will be… let’s say available. But for sure, some will not be.”
Honestly, I’m concerned. If United are without players like Diogo Dalot, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw, the game is going to be even tougher than we thought.
If we’re fielding rotational players in such a high-intensity game, it will start to have a strain on their bodies as the game wears on – both physically and mentally.
Liverpool are in fine form and it pains me to say it, but I think we’re due a beating from them. Obviously, I’m hoping to be proven wrong, and that could well be the case as we’ve actually done well at Anfield in recent seasons, but we’l have to wait and see.
Hopefully, at least a few of the injured contingent can muster the strength within them to drag themselves out onto the football field, but right now it’s not looking good.