Jose Mourinho confirms Phil Jones, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nemanja Matic are fit for Manchester City clash

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Phil Jones, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nemanja Matic will return for the Manchester derby, adding that Marouane Fellaini will be assessed tomorrow.

Jones hasn’t featured for Manchester United since the defeat at Stamford Bridge while Zlatan missed the previous two games as he continues to bring his knee back to full strength.

Mourinho noted prior to the 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow that Matic was injured and claimed that Fellaini, whose knee problem has reemerged in recent weeks, had a ‘chance’ of featuring.

And the 54-year-old, speaking at a press conference ahead of the game, revealed that the aforementioned trio would all play.

The return of Jones bolsters United’s rearguard and supporters will be delighted at the prospect of Mourinho being able to test Man City’s back line with the sheer aerial presence of Matic, Zlatan and hopefully even Fellaini.

City bring to the table a scintillating, zonal based passing game that will require immense discipline from every player, but United have a considerable advantage in the air and Mourinho will need to put that to use.

Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has confirmed David Silva will start while Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph face late fitness tests.

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