Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United are heading into the Crystal Palace match with effectively a full squad at his disposal.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Crystal Palace, Mourinho said: “It’s been two weeks waiting for news, good or bad, from the boys playing for their national teams,” admitted the boss during his pre-match press conference.
“Martial stayed with us, he didn’t go with the [France] national team. He worked really hard. He was in a pre-injury situation, but worked really hard and he’s going to play tomorrow. Fellaini is going to play.
”Rashford came back [from England duty] with a little problem but he is ready. Lukaku is ready, with a little bit of a risk, but ready and Paul [Pogba], we knew in this break he would recover so I don’t think we have players who I can say are out of the game tomorrow.
“We have a huge group to choose from tomorrow.”
More team news from the boss: "Rashford came [back] with a little problem but he's ready [for Saturday's game]. Lukaku is ready, I would say ready with a little risk, but ready. And Pogba, we knew he would use this break to recover." #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 23, 2018
It’s great news that Pogba is back in action because United missed him terribly away at Manchester City. Without him, United almost play a different brand of football entirely, so having him back is a huge boost.
As for the overall return of pretty much every player from injury, it couldn’t be more timely because United start a run of 11 games in 37 days from this Saturday. Mourinho is going to have to rotate his squad to stay fit and fresh through the festive fixture pile-up and he’s got a tough job on his hands to steer United through them successfully.