Jose Mourinho gave a spiky reaction to questions over Chris Smalling’s fitness following a fortnight of speculation over the defender.
Wayne Rooney has dominated the agenda in recent days, but last week it was Luke Shaw and Smalling making the majority of column inches.
The defenders looked to be the subject of Mourinho’s barbed comments following United’s 3-1 win at Swansea, when the players’ pain threshold came into question.
However, both players missed out on the England squad with the result of the issues, with Shaw understood to have been suffering pain in the leg the that was so horrifically fractured in two places back in September 2015.
The left-back is fully-fit again but could be overlooked against Arsenal, while it was reported that Smalling may not be play again before Christmas having broken a toe so badly in two places.
“I don’t say a word about Chris Smalling,” Mourinho said.
“You have your sources, you trust your sources, you do the big headlines with your sources and now I am not interested in commenting on that.
“Luke Shaw I comment, yes. He worked well in this period where we had a very small group, which is not the best but he worked really well.
“He is ready to play. I don’t have any problem with him, I am not saying he plays or he doesn’t play tomorrow.
“I am saying that he is my player, a young player with potential. A young player like every young player with little problems, with things that needs to learn, with things he needs to improve.
“But he is a player of my confidence and playing now five matches in two weeks like we are going to do, in three different competitions, for sure he is going to play.”