Jose Mourinho hoping for full squad to face Stoke City

by Sam Peoples

Jose Mourinho expects to have Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan back and available for Manchester United’s game against Stoke City on Sunday.

Both players missed Man United’s match with FC Zorya Luhansk on Thursday. Shaw was ruled out by United’s medical staff team having fallen ill during the week and Mkhitaryan wasn’t fit enough to return to action having spent a couple of weeks out with injury.

Speaking after United’s 1-0 win over FC Zorya, Mourinho sounded pretty optimistic he’d have a full squad for Stoke.

He said: “Let’s see tomorrow [about injuries], but normally yes, normally we have almost everyone in a condition to play. Of course, Phil Jones has a long-term injury.”

Jones’ long-term injury is knee ligament damage which suffered a setback this week and that news was expected but overall it looks good for United heading into the Stoke game if Shaw and Mkhitaryan return.

One thing we saw against FC Zorya was a distinct lack of pace. Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini were painfully slow and being able to bring Shaw in at left-back and potentially Mkhitaryan in for Lingard should certainly inject some pace, as well as replacing Fellaini with Ander Herrera.

While we’ve got a strong first-team and squad overall we’re yet to see real cohesion in our team consistently and until United manage to do that we’ll continue to have frustrating performances like FC Zorya.

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