Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Manchester United didn’t pick up any fresh injuries during their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The 54-year-old was already without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Timothy-Fosu-Mensah, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, who are all out for the season, while Paul Pogba (compassionate leave) and Marouane Fellaini (suspended) were also absent.
He made eight changes to the side that claimed a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo in midweek for the clash at White Hart Lane.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, noted that there were no more injuries sustained against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
“The most important thing for us is no injuries,” Mourinho said. “And some people having a proper rest.
“In the first half or the first hour was a team that was more a group of players than a team playing not in their best positions, just trying to feel the needs of the team.
“So its’s very difficult to organise the team, it’s very difficult for the boys to play this way and because of my respect to them I don’t rest more people because you cannot play against Arsenal, Man City or Southampton and play four or five players with four or five kids. It’s not possible.”
This may sound counter-intuitive, but if you would have offered me the choice of a United win over Spurs with the cost of another big injury (to, say, Ander Herrera or Daley Blind) or a defeat and no injuries, I would have opted for the latter.
Mourinho only has 15 recognised senior players at his disposal and losing even one of them ahead of the clash with Ajax on May 24 could have been fatal. Supporters will pray for no more galling personnel set-backs over the next two games.