Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists he is desperate for September where he can give his players game-time in the Europa League and League Cup.
The Portuguese boss used 15 players in his first two Premier League games but his limit on substitutions has forced him to leave numerous important players from the matchday squad.
Matteo Darmian, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Memphis Depay and Marcos Rojo were all overlooked for his 18-man squad, but he admits September is only around the corner and every player in his squad will be playing a role.
“Every player is working hard and performing well,” he said.
“But every match is a match and I analyse the opponent and my team.
“I try to choose the best players and I know that nothing can change the frustration of the players that are not selected to play.
“But the reality is they all know they belong to a group of 23. To belong to that group, you must be a really good player, and they all are.
“At this moment, they feel the situation because it’s one match a week but September is around the corner and, in September, everybody is playing.”
However, some players have left on loan to make space at the club while the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo are unsure when their careers at Old Trafford will come to an end after being told they won’t play a role in Mourinho’s plans.
There is a big season ahead for Mourinho and September will be the perfect opportunity for players to work their way up the pecking order and earn a place on Mourinho’s side.