Jose Mourinho has every intention to rotate his squad in a busy December fixture period for Manchester United.
Starting tonight away to Crystal Palace, Man United have five Premier League games in 19 days in what is always a crucial month for any team because it can be a season defining period with so many points at stake in such a short space of time.
With that in mind, Mourinho wants to keep his squad as fresh as possible but doesn’t intend to have any complete overhauls.
Speaking about rotation, Mourinho said: “A bit. I think to rotate the whole structure is a big risk and makes no sense.
“Even with other options, there is always a spine and structure that you cannot change unless you have to. But I will rotate a bit. Some pieces of the puzzle, you have to do it.”
Whenever Mourinho was at Chelsea, I always remember he hardly rotated and that was something which hurt them with fatigue come February but then again it worked on more than one occasion given how many times he won the league with them.
At United, it’s definitely crucial he does opt for a rotational policy and to be fair he already has this season at points. With the squad depth we’ve got, our bench against Spurs had Mata, Rooney and Rashford on, it puts United in a strong position to compete on multiple fronts and we’ve got a League Cup semi-final and Europa League knockouts starting in February as well as the FA Cup in January.
I’m still convinced this team is good enough to challenge for a top three place this year and how well we do in December over these next five games is going to play a big role in that. If we can head into 2017 less than six points off second place, we’ll be in the perfect position for a push after January like we did so often under Fergie.