Jose Mourinho has confirmed that there were no fresh injuries to his Manchester United squad over the international break and insisted he would rotate his squad during a busy September period.
Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are both back from their respective injuries and have been working themselves back up to fitness in games for the reserves, with the latter expected to return to the first team over the next few weeks.
And Mourinho, speaking at a press conference ahead of the clash with Mark Hughes’ side, noted that he had a full squad for choose from.
“The fact that now we play every three days is good because the players will feel now that they are all involved,” he said.
“The squad is strong, the players are all ready to play, and the decision [of who to] leave on the bench is hard.”
Man United will play seven games over a 22 day period in September, giving Mourinho a chance to hand minutes to the likes of Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling – to name just a few.
He has only needed to call on 15 players over the first three games, but a gruelling September period will shed some important light on the adeptness of his whole squad to play a part when called upon.
United have made a superb start to the season, but the real business starts here.