Jones’ absence is due to the injury he sustained against Hull City which he is yet to overcome but Rooney and Carrick are being rested having picked up minor muscular problems in training this week.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mourinho said: “Phil is still recovering from the injury of the Hull match and Wayne and Carrick, I don’t want to say injuries, because we are speaking about little muscular problems and protection of these problems. So all three out tomorrow. Apart from that everything is right.”
United have played quite well without Rooney, Carrick and Jones in our recent wins over Leicester City and Watford where we scored five and didn’t concede, so Mourinho won’t be too worried about their absence.
It’s good to see United playing well when Carrick isn’t on the pitch because for the majority of the season we have been extremely dependent on him. Paul Pogba operating in a deeper role seems to have given Mourinho an alternative and Ander Herrera‘s continued good form means United have good options at the moment.
Rooney will be struggling to get back into the team this season as we’re a much better side without him in it, as harsh as that sounds. That being said, there is a chance we could miss his and Carrick’s experience on a European night at Old Trafford – here’s hoping United won’t let complacency creep into their game.