Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly will feature against Hull City in the Premier League on Wednesday, whilst also noting that Ashley Young would be in the match-day squad.
Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Valencia and Young, linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent times, were all left on the sidelines over the weekend during Manchester United’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic.
Bailly, who had just returned from the African Cup of Nations, was unavailable for selection but did feature for 58 minutes during an Under-23 game against Everton.
The 54-year-old, speaking ahead of the game against Hull, confirmed that the aforementioned five would all feature in the match-day squad.
“We always play a full-strength team,” he said. “It depends on the way you look at it but we always try to have a strong team.
“Of course, we had some players that didn’t play the last match [against Wigan], some players with a lot of matches played already – people like Valencia, Ibra, Pogba. Some of these players with lot of matches didn’t play but will play tomorrow.”
United fans will be immensely pleased to see Bailly, who limped off with a foot injury during the contest with Everton, return to the squad despite initial concerns surrounding his fitness.
Pogba, Zlatan and Valencia, after a break from the action, will be desperate to set the record straight against Marco Silva’s side following a truly substandard – but thankfully not fatal – display at the KC Stadium last week.
It appears that Young, despite speculation suggesting otherwise, will remain at Old Trafford, and Mourinho may be tempted to hand him a chance to impress on Wednesday.