Denis Irwin: Jose Mourinho needs fully fit squad as soon as possible

by Marwan Harraz

Former Manchester United player Denis Irwin has highlighted the silver lining of the upcoming international break.

Jose Mourinho’s men succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea and won’t be able to make amends until the November international fixtures are completed.

The Red Devils are now eight points away from fierce rivals Manchester City who currently lead the Premier League table.

A win against the Blues was needed after City won their encounter vs Arsenal earlier on in the day but United couldn’t take apart a wounding Chelsea side.

Irwin though, believes that the international break couldn’t have come at a better time for Mourinho as he’ll hopefully have a fully fit squad by the club’s next competitive fixture.

Speaking to MUTV, Denis said: “The positives are that we have a two-week break. We could get Pogba, Ibra, Rojo, Carrick and Fellaini as well, back to fitness or certainly close to fitness and we can go again.

“As the Premier League is and the way English football is, there are a lot of games coming up and we need a squad as big as we possibly can.”

Most of Jose’s players are internationals for their respective countries and so he will hope that his squad can navigate their way through their matches without sustaining any injuries.

Another key player suffering from an injury that was not even during club football would be a disaster to Mourinho, who already misses several starters.

United’s squad is bigger than it has been in recent years with decent depth all around but even the Portuguese tactician couldn’t predict the spout of injuries the club have had to deal with already this season.

Paul Pogba’s absence in particular has been felt more than anyone else’s and the return of the Frenchman to the first team would be a welcomed sight to many at Old Trafford.

Fans will hope he can hit the ground running and lead the club back to their early season form to keep their title challenge alive.

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