Manchester United Football is on the verge of a return following a two-week hiatus due to international matches. The Red Devils have made a strong start to the season, securing three victories in their opening matches so far. Jose Mourinho will be pleased, but he knows it is just the beginning.
Next up, a potentially tricky game away at Stoke City. The Potters always give any visiting team a tough test at The Britannia Stadium and no doubt it’ll be exactly the same this time around.
Ahead of the match, Mourinho has been speaking to the media of the world and he gave us a rather mooted response in regards to team news. It seems as though the self-proclaimed Special One is keeping his cards close to his chest – because not everybody has reported back from international duty just yet.
“We have to wait and see,” the manager told reporters, including Man United’s official website. “There is still one more training session. Not every player has reported yet, so today is the first time we are all together.
“I hope that these 15 days without us being together and working together, doesn’t affect us too much,” Mourinho added at his press conference. “I know it will affect [us]. I know that one thing is a week working with the players and working tactically and going through every principle of play to be ready for the weekend match; another thing is to have the players away and arriving step by step.
“I don’t even see them all. Today is the first time I see them all together, and obviously today is not a day to work; today is just a day to make the decision and the selection and to travel to Stoke. But hopefully, we can keep a good level of play.”
First of all, we’re just over 24 hours away from the match and it’s an absolute joke that the lads all aren’t back in training just yet. Anyway, now that I’ve got that off my chest, Mourinho will just have to assess each player individually and work out whether they are fit enough to play a rigorous game so close after getting a run out for their country.
Hopefully, the players all feel good and there are no injuries to speak of. I guess we’ll find out about any potential problems come 17:30 GMT Saturday evening…