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

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.

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“[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.”

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