Mourinho admits injury crisis ahead of Arsenal clash

Man United are suffering from a glut of injuries at the moment, with midfielder Victor Lindelof out until the end of the month, and Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling very doubtful after missing out on the Southampton draw, and it remains to be seen if Luke Shaw will be available after the left-back was replaced against his former club due to a suspected knock. Alexis Sanchez (whohe?) is out until the New Year, which is a real shame. Marcus Rashford was also taken off in the Saints game, and Mourinho was giving nothing away when he said: “He was injured, he was asking to come off,”

“Some players with that kind of injury do not play for two weeks. But Marcus, I am pretty sure he will be fine for the next one.”

We shall see about him and the others, but one United player that will definitely not play is Ashley Young, who will serve a one-match suspension tonight. The pressure is obviously getting to Mourinho, and he even refused to talk to MUTV about who could be available for the match. “I don’t want to update you,” The Special None replied.

“I would like Arsenal TV to ask the same questions but they don’t, they hide everything from the inside, so why should I answer to you?”

“We are going to be in difficulty again to build the team,”

“We are again going to have to make adaptations and compensations to try to give some balance to the team.

“But then I believe we are again going to have the spirit to fight and to try to win the match.”

He may not have spoken to MUTV, but Jose has just released an injury update on the Official ManUnited website, and it seems that Phil Jones is also doubtful. He said: “If our game was today, I’d say Jones is not playing, Smalling is not playing and Bailly is not playing but we will have to wait,” Jose said.

“Valencia is not playing. Shaw is a doubt. Darmian is back, but I have to wait. Of course, Lindelof is out of the question.”

“Against Southampton, three hours before the game I didn’t know the team that is going to play, so nobody knew the team and ourselves, we didn’t know,”

“We were waiting and waiting and waiting to see who could, who couldn’t, and I think we are going to be in a similar situation this time.”

So I know its not a good idea to be overconfident ahead of any game, especially one at Old Trafford, but for once I think we have every chance of extending our unbeaten run to 20, and three points would be even sweeter!



  1. Innit says:

    Who’s still on a high from the Spuds match. So sweet!

    We still can’t take them lightly. Overconfidence is CRAZY. We need to put out our best team, limit our mistakes and work our butts off. It doesn’t matter if Alexis is out, Lukaku, Martial and others are capable of scoring.

    But I do have Belief that we can WIN

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Unai Emery will not allow the development of over confidence or complacency in the Arsenal players for any game, let alone away at Old Trafford to Manchester United.
      One game at a time, looking forward not back.

  2. Break-on-through says:

    I must admit that I still do be a bit apprehensive facing a Mourinho team. He knows how to approach big games, he isn’t afraid to turn it into a borefest. I know we have some form going for us, and we don’t lie down so easily. But these guys are all mostly over six foot, and Mourinho is good at getting his players to make tactical fouls. We are away, if it were at home, I’d be as confident as some fans are coming across but I’d still be wary of utd’s threat. Fellaini can be a nuisance to a team that leak goals or switches off at the back, I don’t know if he’s playing but he must be horrible to play against. Emery is right to point this one out as our biggest test so far, it’s a bigger one than the Tott game, even though we had a fair bit to prove on that day. It’s a big away game, against a side that will be fired up for it. We’re trying to pull away from these, they are trying to claw their way back to us. Have no doubt, this is a massive game. I hope the lads can bring the same desire, the same sheer willingness to not lie down. Our lads know how dangerous we can be, but so does Mourinho, so I expect a fair bit of man marking. If we can pull through this one with heads held high, it will be another step in the right direction. The result is the main thing, but fans are so far appreciating the signs not just the points. I hope we can bring another big performance, we’re gonna need it.

  3. gotanidea says:

    I suspect Maureen deliberately revealed the “injury crisis” to have a reason if he loses and to make Arsenal players underestimate the match

    I hope Arsenal would not lose their focus and hopefully they can avoid Maureen’s trap

    1. Sue says:

      ? he’s always got something up his sleeve!
      Then all you need is for De Gea to have a great game, Fellaini to pop up & score a very late winner (like last season)
      We cannot underestimate them!!

  4. Goonster says:

    When was the last time we won at United? Let’s see if Emery is the difference this time around.
    I am not that confident about us at United.
    Nervous me 🙁

    1. jon fox says:

      Well, you are an honest man, since whatever we say on here, if we are honest with ourselves – and some are not – we must surely ALL be nervous. Not because we don’t think we will play well and do well again, because most of us think we WILL do, BUT because surely United cannot perform so abysmally again like they did against Southampton. I expect them to fight hard this time. I expect a close game and an honourable draw

  5. Ackshay says:

    LOL midfielder lindelof

    quick comment now going to read the article

  6. Will says:

    Tough fixture especially after the intensity of Sunday. I am more nervous about this one than I was Spurs and Mourinho has a knack of knowing how to beat us.

  7. Aubamezzette says:

    Im more worried about Leno tho… he’s been suspect in crosses into d box.

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