Manchester United Football is back this weekend, after a two-week hiatus due to the international break. April certainly looks like a hectic month for the Red Devils on paper, and it all starts with a home game against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
You’d have thought that coming into this one on the back of an international break would have made things easier for the self-proclaimed Special One and his players, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The boss is clearly unhappy at the state of the current playing squad due to a couple of international injuries, along with lengthy travel for our South American contingent.
With that in mind, the manager then went on to compare and contrast the situation that West Brom find themselves in, who only had to lose one player due to international commitments. Obviously, that means they’ll be fresher in terms of fitness, but on paper, our squad is far stronger and you’d hope we’ll have more than enough.
“I don’t know how but both central defenders [Smalling and Jones] got injured in the English camp even before the match,” Jose said.
“The match was on the Sunday against Lithuania and they were injured in the training session. We lost four, I think [Paul] Pogba is also out, that’s five, so we are a bit in trouble.”
“I watched Valencia’s match yesterday in Ecuador, Marcos Rojo in Bolivia, but they don’t arrive until Thursday afternoon.” The Express quote the boss as saying.
“If you compare our situation with our opponents, West Bromwich Albion, only one player on international duty. They had time to work, time to rest and prepare. It’s going to be hard.”
Any game in the Premier League is tough. Alright, our visitors may have the upper-hand when it comes to being well rested, but at least our players have minutes under their belts and they can go into this game in a better mindset.
Jose Mourinho is the master of mind games, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if he’s trying to lull West Brom’s players into a false sense of security, whilst taking the pressure totally off his squad.
With all that said, this is a match that we simply have to be winning if we want to finish in the top four. It’s up to the gaffer to get us set up right, to go all out for the victory because we desperately need these three points.