Jose Mourinho has explained why he had to make changes to his Manchester United side against Swansea.
Speaking ahead of the game, Mourinho explained the reasons behind his defensive line.
“It’s what we have. Valencia, Bailly, Smalling and Shaw, all four they cannot play,” he said.
“Valencia had a surgery in his arm, Bailly has a long-term knee injury, Smalling doesn’t feel that he can play 100 per cent with his pain and Luke Shaw last morning told me was not in condition to play.
“So we had to build a defensive line and to be honest I trust the four boys that are on the pitch.
“The players that are here today are the players who want to be, they want to fight, they want to believe with myself that we have a difficult match but it is a match that we can be successful so when I go with the players that are convinced they can do it I’m very confident.
“I know that Ashley Young is not a right-back but he is a champion.
“Darmian is always ready to do his best. Phil Jones understands the moment of the team and he understands that we are in trouble so he is ready to go and he has accelerated his process.
“His process should take a little bit more time but he has put himself on the line for the team.
“And Marcos is the same. And Daley Blind I have to say he has some problems but he put himself available to be on the bench and try and help the team. The people that are here are the people that I trust.”
United have hit a rough patch in recent times, but have bounced back perfectly with an impressive victory against Swansea.
The squad can leave with a boost ahead of the international break and hopes are Mourinho can get the campaign back on track with a victory against Arsenal on 19 November when the team return.