Jose Mourinho will field a strong Manchester United team in Friday night's Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie against Yeovil Town at Huish Park, although the manager stopped short of confirming whether new signing Alexis Sanchez will make his debut from the start.
Fans are excited to see the new no.7 in action and, during the pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex, the manager discussed his plans for the trip to Yeovil.
“We want to win,”Mourinho told reporters.
“We know what cups are. Manchester United played a couple of years ago at Yeovil [in January 2015] and they know the difficulties they felt.So we have to go with a very strong team. We are going to rest a couple of players; we also have a couple of problems that we want to try to resolve, with problems for the next matches in February in the Premier League and also Champions League. But it will be a very strong team.
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“This is life in big clubs,”Jose said.
“In big clubs, you have big players. In big clubs, you have competition. In big clubs, you have responsibilities - you have to perform always, you have to try to go to every competition in a serious way. You cannot do that with 11 players. It's absolutely impossible to do it with 11 players, so the players at big clubs know that the squad is made of 20-something players where everybody wants to play and where there is space for everybody.What we cannot do is play 12 at the same time, start with 12 for a certain match. But [there is] space for everybody and needed for everybody. I think it's absolutely fundamental and we want to improve all the time, we want to be better and better. We want to achieve big things. We are not going to stop until we do that and it's very important the evolution of players.
“I'm really happy and I have to say also with some pride, the evolution of Lingard, Martial, McTominay - these kind of young guys. But at the same time, you need also a combination with the kinds of Matic, Alexis, people with more experience, with more know-how who were before in positions where we want to be - fighting for titles. It's a very important addition for us.”