Jose Mourinho has revealed that Manchester United will be without six first-team stars for tonight’s trip to Selhurst Park.
Whilst the Reds’ injury problems don’t come anywhere close to matching the issues Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff have been forced to contend with of late, there’s no doubt that United will miss the majority of the players who remain stuck on the treatment table.
Belgian man-mountain Marouane Fellaini is continuing his rehabilitation following an operation on his knee whilst Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are all set to miss out with injuries that were unspecified by Mourinho when speaking to MUTV.
Aside from those four, Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still on the recovery trail and despite having been originally pencilled in for a return to action in February, it seems the veteran still doesn’t feel up to the challenge of Premier League football just yet.
The final member of United’s six injured first-teamers is Ander Herrera, who is known to have been struggling with a hamstring strain for some time now. Whilst we do know that the dynamic midfielder will definitely miss out on United’s trip to Selhurst Park, no concrete return date has been specified for him.
Of course, even with those six players missing United’s squad is still more than good enough to cause Roy Hodgson and his players all sorts of problems under the floodlights in SE25. With an injury crisis of our own which doubles the number of absentees Mourinho has to deal with, they’ll be no sympathy on show from the home faithful in front of the Sky Sports cameras in what is a massive game for both clubs.
United have to win if they are to re-take second place after Liverpool’s 2-0 triumph over Newcastle saw them jump above Jose and co. whilst Swansea’s 4-1 win over West Ham took them out of the bottom three at our expense, leaving us one point adrift of 17th placed Southampton heading into tonight’s game.
I can’t pretend I’m feeling confident about our chances of pulling off an upset but as football fans, you’re forced to live in constant hope of beating the odds. A win could see us catapulted all the way up to 13th place which, with just a handful of games left to play, would feel utterly wonderful.
Keep the faith.