Manchester United face a fresh injury crisis ahead of their trip to Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez are long term absentees, while others like Anthony Martial, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian sustained knocks before or during last weekend’s 4-1 win over Fulham.
Speaking after defeat at the Mestalla, Mourinho revealed that a fresh injury crisis had hit his squad ahead of playing Liverpool on Sunday.
“Marcos Rojo no because he’s injured,” he said. “The rest are not injured, they belong to the squad, we have lots of players that were not here today because they are injured, this is our squad, our players, they have a chance to play Sunday.”
“Smalling is injured, Lindelof is injured, Darmian is injured, Martial is injured, Dalot is injured, the only two players I could bring and didn’t was De Gea and Matic.
“Matic, you are the first ones to make the stats and to say how many minutes he is playing and you are saying week after week that he needs a rest. If he doesn’t have a rest in a match we have already qualified then he would play until he explodes, was a normal option to leave him out.
“And David is a question of give a match or no to Romero, Romero is such a good goalkeeper that I played him in the Europa League final a couple of years ago. So these were the two changes I say that could play.
“Apart from that nobody, nobody. And last week, we had three matches, the majority of the players are the players that are playing all the time and I had no other options, includes a player like Marcos Rojo that I expect to play today and give a rest to Ashley Young as an example but at half-time he is injured and he is out.
“The players that I play, if this was a match to decide the group would be a very similar team, so that’s the reality. When you analyse Manchester United and analyse our ambitions and our level sometimes you should learn the situation a little bit better because you make certain kind of comments.”
United would have been truly up against it against Liverpool even with their full compliment of players. That they meet with league leaders – whose confidence and attacking ability is miles above that of Mourinho’s team – without so many key players makes this an affair which no supporter is truthfully excited for.