Jose Mourinho watching training.

Jose hopes for help in Leicester game

Monday 06 August 2018 09:30

Jose Mourinho has revealed he is hopeful that one of his returning World Cup stars will be available for our Premier League kick-off on Friday night.

The Reds host Leicester City in the opening game of the 2018/19 campaign, meaning many of the squad who were involved in the latter stages of the World Cup will have had very little training time ahead of the new season.

Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof, all returned to the Aon Training Complex last week and gained some vital minutes in United’s final pre-season game against Bayern Munich on Sunday.

Five talking points from the Allianz Arena


The result was disappointing, yes, but there is still plenty to discuss following the match at Bayern Munich.

Jose Mourinho suggested at least one of Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku will feature against the Foxes under the lights at Old Trafford.

"Rashford will be in a better situation than today,” the Reds boss told MUTV.

“Lindelof the same, Jones the same and let's see if one of the others is ready to give us a help, 20-25 minutes. Any help that can come from them, is welcome.”

Jose also gave an update on the players who are due to report back for training on Monday, following reaching the latter stages of the World Cup this summer.

“They are back tomorrow,” he confirmed after the 1-0 defeat to Bayern.

“Even though, and I want to say a nice word, we were 'unlucky' to get the Friday match as we could get the Sunday [fixture].

“We were unlucky to get the Friday match. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday is not enough, but we will see.”
Ander Herrera picked up a late problem in the defeat to Bayern Munich.

Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly appeared to pick up knocks in the Allianz Arena encounter and will be assessed in Manchester, with the boss plotting his line-up for the campaign opener.

Leicester also have some big decisions to make, particularly regarding England duo Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy, with manager Claude Puel hinting they will not be available to start the game due to their exertions in Russia.