Mourinho offers Manchester United fitness update

Date published: Wednesday 28th September 2016 2:13

Jose Mourinho: Faces fixture pile-up

Jose Mourinho has given an update on the fitness of a number of Manchester United players ahead of the Europa League clash with Zorya Luhansk.

United boss Mourinho spoke of the importance of beating the Ukrainian outfit, with the Red Devils having been beaten at Feyenoord in their opening Group A fixture.

Wayne Rooney was expected to return to the starting XI after being dropped for the 4-1 victory over Leicester, but is now a doubt after Mourinho admitted the club captain “can’t afford” to continue playing poorly.

The 30-year-old is understood to have picked a slight injury and Mourinho insists he wants to “protect” the player from media criticism.

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss out, despite the Armenian returning to training.

When asked about Shaw, Mourinho replied: “He’s ill – temperature, fever, bad throat

“He arrived this morning and immediately the doctor sent him home because one player like this in the middle of the other ones can affect others so he went home.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start at Old Trafford, while Mourinho was extremely tetchy when asked about the fitness of Anthony Martial, who has not played since controversially been allowed to continue with a head injury in the defeat at Watford.

“No more questions about Rashford? Why Rashford is playing so well? No more questions so now you turn to Martial?” he said.

“He’s now recovered from the contusion – not the concussion. He has recovered and he is ready for tomorrow.”

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