Jose's team news for Newcastle clash
Jose Mourinho has told MUTV there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Newcastle United, while Ashley Young could return to the squad.
Young missed the goalless draw with Valencia in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night with a minor problem but could be in contention to return in Saturday’s game at Old Trafford.
Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard have also been absent recently through injury. When asked by MUTV’s Mark Sullivan if any of the four players injured for the Valencia game could return, the boss said: “No, it’s exactly the same [squad]. No new injuries and the players who were injured [are still out] with the possibility of Ashley Young coming back to the squad but Ashley was really a minor situation.”
Preparation time has been limited for Saturday’s game on the back of the Reds’ midweek European excursions but Mourinho feels it has been enough time to get ready for the visit of Rafael Benitez’s side.
“[We have had] recovering time for the players that played against Valencia and good work for the others that obviously were in perfect condition to train,” the manager added. “Today [Friday], the third day [since the Valencia game] is the first day we have all of the players together and three days in between matches is more than enough time to have the players ready for the weekend match.”
WHAT ABOUT NEWCASTLE?
The Magpies, who sit 18th in the table after collecting just two points from their first seven league games, could be boosted by the return to action of Federico Fernandez and Paul Dummett.
The defensive duo missed Newcastle’s 2-0 home defeat against Leicester City last weekend, both with hamstring injuries, but may have recovered in time for the trip to Old Trafford.
Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon is still unavailable with a thigh injury, while long-term absentee Florian Lejeune (knee) will also be missing.