Marouane Fellaini has joined Manchester United’s injury list ahead of the Premier League match against Huddersfield at Old Trafford.
The Belgium midfielder came off shortly after being brought on in the midweek defeat at Tottenham and faces a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Defender Eric Bailly and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain absent and defender Daley Blind has been out with an ankle issue recently, but Alexis Sanchez is in line to make his home debut for United.
United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted for the first time that Premier League leaders Manchester City are already out of reach.
The Blues are 15 points clear at the summit and are showing few signs of letting up as the season enters February.
United have been City’s nearest rivals throughout the campaign, but Mourinho concedes the gap is almost certainly insurmountable with 13 games remaining.
“The game is important for us because we need points to be the first of the last,” the Portuguese said.
“We have to try to finish second.”
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He added: “We are in this position all season. We were first for a few weeks and then I think we were always second.
“I don’t remember us being maybe third, but not fourth, fifth or sixth.
“We have been there since the beginning of the season, better than last season in every aspect: better in points, better in the position in the table, number of goals scored, the number of goals we concede.
“(We have been) better in everything so we have to try to stay there and it is not easy because very good teams.”
Talking about Fellaini’s injury, Mourinho said: “It’s not an anterior cruciate ligament. It’s not a complete rupture of any structure of the knee.
“But we need him and the Champions League is arriving and there are lots of tough matches to play.
“We will probably lose him for a few weeks, but I cannot say two, three, four, five at this moment.”