Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United are heading into the Crystal Palace match with effectively a full squad at his disposal.
Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba are all available after overcoming their own injury concerns and Mourinho admitted he had plenty of choices to make ahead of kick-off.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Crystal Palace, Mourinho said: “It’s been two weeks waiting for news, good or bad, from the boys playing for their national teams,” admitted the boss during his pre-match press conference.
“Martial stayed with us, he didn’t go with the [France] national team. He worked really hard. He was in a pre-injury situation, but worked really hard and he’s going to play tomorrow. Fellaini is going to play.
”Rashford came back [from England duty] with a little problem but he is ready. Lukaku is ready, with a little bit of a risk, but ready and Paul [Pogba], we knew in this break he would recover so I don’t think we have players who I can say are out of the game tomorrow.
“We have a huge group to choose from tomorrow.”
More team news from the boss: "Rashford came [back] with a little problem but he's ready [for Saturday's game]. Lukaku is ready, I would say ready with a little risk, but ready. And Pogba, we knew he would use this break to recover." #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 23, 2018
It’s great news that Pogba is back in action because United missed him terribly away at Manchester City. Without him, United almost play a different brand of football entirely, so having him back is a huge boost.
As for the overall return of pretty much every player from injury, it couldn’t be more timely because United start a run of 11 games in 37 days from this Saturday. Mourinho is going to have to rotate his squad to stay fit and fresh through the festive fixture pile-up and he’s got a tough job on his hands to steer United through them successfully.