Wayne Rooney and Sergio Romero will start against Reading in FA Cup

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Wayne Rooney and Sergio Romero will both start for Manchester United against Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Rooney has been largely left out of the team in the last couple of months by Jose Mourinho but is set for a re-call and an opportunity to re-establish himself back into the starting XI.

As for Romero, Mourinho clearly sees the Reading match as an opportunity to rest David de Gea given how important he’s been to Man United’s run of form since our win away at Swansea in November.



Speaking about squad rotation at United, Mourinho said: “There are zero injuries, zero injuries! We have 27 players and zero injuries.

“During the season, we have never had big, big problems with that. We had the normal amount of injuries that happen all the time but, in this moment, we have zero. We have every player available apart from Bailly, who is in the African cup.

“Yes, we have to rest players. Some players, they need a little rest. Many players, they need to play. Many players deserve to play. I trust them all. I know that, if I change three or four players in the team, some people will say there is a risk. Some people will say we do that because it is a Championship team but Reading is better than some Premier League teams.

“The risk is only if we face the game with the wrong attitude, with the wrong frame of mind. If the players go into the game feeling the responsibility and the desire that they are showing match after match, then we have a good chance to win, even if we give some players a rest and some others a chance.”

Something which will be key to United’s success from January onwards is rotation from Mourinho. As soon as the Europa League knockout stages kick in we could be involved in four competitions and that means Mourinho will need to make sure his players stay fit and sharp, so rotation is so important.

Typically at Chelsea, Mourinho rarely rotated his players but they delivered with their performances. It’s up to United now to do that but with Romero and Rooney getting a chance against Reading, there is every chance Mourinho may operate a slightly different formula at United in order to get the most out of his fringe players.

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