Manchester United Football Club play their biggest game of the season in just five nights time. The match against Ajax is going to be an extremely tough fixture, and it’s pretty obvious that we’re approaching that match on the back of a supremely poor run of form, and now the injuries are coming back yet again…
The manager, Jose Mourinho, met the media for his pre-match press conference in the build-up to the Crystal Palace game, and the self-proclaimed Special One expressed concern regarding a couple of casualties who are on the treatment table right now.
First up, he said Chris Smalling has a ”small problem’ that’ll keep him out of the aforementioned Palace game, but he should be fine for the Europa League final. Although he didn’t seem as convincing about Marouane Fellaini, whom he regarded as a question mark.
“Smalling has a problem, a small problem that I think it is no problem for next week, but is a problem for the weekend.” The Manchester Evening News live blog quote Jose Mourinho as saying.
“Marouane is a question mark. We wait for today’s scans.”
At the end of the day, these are two guys who are probably rated as 50/50 to start in the final when fully fit. These injuries do not help their cases at all, particularly Smalling, with Phil jones probably playing marginally better than his England teammate since they’ve both returned from lengthy layoffs.
The case of Fellaini is interesting. Michael Carrick has looked sharp recently, and you’d imagine that both Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba are shoe-ins to start so that means there is only one spot for one of Fellaini or Carrick. Personally, I’d opt for the veteran every single time, but Mourinho has certainly taken a liking to the big Belgian so we’ll just have to see which way he goes…