Jose Mourinho addresses Manchester United’s injury situation

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have started their season incredibly well with no defeats so far as October begins and the games start to pile up.

However, the club’s players have also managed to already pick up knocks here and there as perhaps Jose Mourinho’s intense style of play starts to catch up with the players.

Despite that, the Red Devils have continued to march on thanks to a strength in depth with ‘back-up’ players stepping in to fill up the holes in the starting eleven.

Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo are the only long term absentees but players like Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones have all picked up small injuries.

Jose Mourinho however, sees his squad’s current situation as an opportunity for his other players to prove their worth to the team:

“If you moan all the time about injuries, it look’s like you don’t trust the other people. It is moment for others to step up.”

It is a little early still but it may be fair to conclude that the ‘others’ are stepping up for Manchester United.

For example, Fellaini has largely been the go-to man after Pogba’s injury and has responded well to being included in the starting line-up.

His performance against Crystal Palace rightly drew a lot of praise from pundits, teammates and his manager alike.

Romelu Lukaku is another player who springs to mind. Although he’s probably ahead of Ibrahimovic in the pecking order, he has made up for the Swede’s absence.

Should United’s so called lesser stars continue to step up for Mourinho’s main men then United may yet just have a chance for some serious silverware this season.

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