Mourinho's solution to Man United's injury woes: play himself
- Author: Julie Sanders May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 18:32
City let go of Guardiola predecessor Manuel Pellegrini, who won the League Cup and qualified for the Champions League, two years after winning the league title in 2014.
"The group was a nice group, honestly, good people, good boys, committed people, I think Mr Van Gaal left here a good group of boys with very good relations between them and that I got in my hands". They missed this extra bit that brings resilience, brings you fight.
"And [now] they have it, so the group that will meet again on 9 July for next season is a stronger group". "I think we have 18 more games played than Liverpool, that's nearly half a Premier League".
The Red Devils were without a handful of first-teamers for Thursday's 0-0 draw at Manchester City and are stretched even thinner for Sunday's match after Maroune Fellaini was sent off for a senseless headbutt on Sergio Aguero and Tim Fosu-Mensah injured his calf after coming off the bench.
Manchester United defenders Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly limped off as United's injury problems grew during the home game against Swansea on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho: "We arrive into an extreme situation where it must be unique in football that two cruciate ligament injuries happen in the same match". World's most expensive player, Paul Pogba also won't start as he'll be ready for Celta in the Europa League.
United, like many other clubs across Europe, remain on high alert in the wake of the bomb attacks which rocked the Borussia Dortmund team bus earlier this month.
The high-noon showdown at Old Trafford has big implications at both ends of the table, with United looking to set a new club record of 25 matches unbeaten.
A trip to Old Trafford has never been ideal for a team fighting against relegation, but Swansea are running out of time in their battle against the drop and need to steal a march on Hull City somewhere if they are to leapfrog the Tigers in the table.
"I can guess it's a bit of a red card and a bit of a very smart, very experienced Argentinian player". "(It could be) Mourinho and Tuanzebe against Swansea".
"We are so happy to have him back because he has a special talent", Guardiola said.
Wayne Routledge is ruled out after having a hernia operation on Tuesday. I want to go, I want to play every game.' "So sometimes there's always this dilemma of wanting to keep a bigger squad, but the players don't want to stay".