Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera are not ready to return for Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Wolves on Saturday.
Argentina defender Rojo is yet to feature for the first team this season, after sustaining a knee injury during this summer's World Cup, although he did make a 55-minute guest appearance for United's Under-23s a week ago. Meanwhile midfielder Herrera has missed the last two senior matches after picking up a problem in training.
The Reds will be also be without Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford, who are suspended. Matic is serving a one-match ban following his dismissal against Watford last weekend, while Rashford will have to miss the Wolves match and Tuesday’s Carabao Cup third-round tie against Derby County before he can be selected again.
When asked by MUTV’s Mark Sullivan how his squad is shaping up, Mourinho said:
“There are small things but nothing important. At this moment, Marcos Rojo is not training with the team, but Herrera is in the final phase of his recovery. Apart from them [and the suspended players], everyone is ready.”
Jose also added in his pre-match press conference that Phil Jones is
“OK” now, having not featured since sustaining a hamstring injury against Tottenham last month.
Fellow defender Diogo Dalot, who made a positive debut against Young Boys last time out, won’t play against Wolves - to ensure that he is
“totally fresh” to feature in the League Cup against Derby next week.
Dalot's here to compete article
Diogo Dalot will be rested this weekend but Mourinho confirms he's already a contender for a regular place in the side.
United have only had a couple of days to prepare for Saturday’s match, following the 3-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
“The two days in between [games] are hard,” the boss admitted, when asked about the team’s preparations during a busy schedule.
“When you have three days, it’s much easier and you have one day to work tactically.
“When you have two days, it’s much, much, much more difficult because everything is about recovering from the match and then preparing for the next one. But the team is finding stability and confidence levels are important. We're back at home after three away wins, and I think the atmosphere will be very positive for us. We know it’s going to be difficult but we are confident.”
HOW ARE WOLVES SHAPING UP?
The visitors, who have won their last two Premier League games by a 1-0 scoreline against West Ham United away and Burnley at home, are only set to be without one first-team player.
Portuguese forward Ivan Cavaleiro is yet to feature so far this term after sustaining a back injury during pre-season.
Fellow attacker Raul Jimenez scored the winner against Burnley at Molineux last Sunday, having returned from international duty with Mexico early after suffering
“small muscular discomfort” in their 4-1 defeat to Uruguay.
The Midlands outfit have no former Reds in their ranks, as Mourinho and Portuguese compatriot Nuno Espirito Santo prepare to face each other as managers for the first time.
United v Wolves kicks off at 15:00 BST on Saturday and you can watch the live build-up at Old Trafford from 13:30 BST on MUTV.