Manchester United starting XI spots up for grabs, says Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho
VALENCIA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 11: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United speaks to the media during the Manchester United Press Conference at Estadio Mestalla on December 11, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Mourinho’s Manchester United lost 2-1 against Valencia in their last Champions League group stage match.

Jose Mourinho told reporters that there are many starting eleven positions up for grabs due to injuries. Asked if any of the players that he fielded Wednesday against the Spanish club would stay in the starting positions, he replied: “Marcos Rojo no, because he’s injured,” as quoted by FourFourTwo.

“The rest are not injured, they belong to the squad. We have lots of players that were not here because they are injured. This is our squad, our players. They have a chance to play Sunday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Jose Mourinho is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Everton FC at Craven Cottage on April 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Karanka says Mourinho would have been perfect for a Madrid return

The former Real Madrid assistant manager backed Jose Mourinho, saying he would have been just as good as Zinedine Zidane is.

“[Chris] Smalling is injured, [Victor] Lindelof is injured, [Matteo] Darmian is injured, [Anthony] Martial is injured, [Diogo] Dalot is injured. The only two players I could bring and didn’t were [David] De Gea and [Nemanja] Matic.

“You are the first ones to make the stats and how many minutes he [Matic] is playing and that he needs a rest. If he doesn’t have a rest in a match [where] we have already qualified, he would play until he explodes.

“It was a normal option to leave him out and [with] David it’s to give a match to [Sergio] Romero. Romero is such a good goalkeeper; I played him in the Europa League final a couple of years ago.”