Manchester United returns to action at Old Trafford as the Premier League resumes after the two-week long international break and face an in-form Swansea on Saturday in the 31st match-day week at home.
Manchester United currently second in the league table with 65 points, head into the match with a 3-match winning streak in terms of the Premier League with the last win coming at home against Liverpool. Meanwhile, Swansea hanging at 14th place with 30 points are enjoying a three-match unbeaten streak including a 4-1 win against West Ham at home.
The Red Devils will look to come out with a win over Swansea as the fight still continues for the Champions League spots. With Manchester City in absolute control and way past beyond our reach in the Premier League, United only have the FA Cup and a top 2 spot in the league to fight for after having crashed out of the CL against Sevilla along with an highly anticipated Manchester Derby on the horizon.
Ahead of the match against Swansea, we take a look at the team news and injury updates provided by the manager in yesterday’s press conference :
Speaking ahead of the game against Swansea, Jose Mourinho has revealed that both Phil Jones and Marcus Rojo have resumed full training and are fully fit and ready for inclusion into the managers team selection. Rojo and Jones both made their last appearance in an United shirt more than a month and a half back and have now finally returned to full fitness.
Marcus Rojo has regained full fitness having taken part in Argentina’s friendly against Spain in Madrid this week and played a full 90 minutes. Although Jones was not part of England’s squad for the friendlies during the last international break of the season, the England centre-back is also fit to be part of the manager’s plans for the Swansea fixture.
Jose Mourinho told the press in his pre-match press conference:
“Apart of Daley, who is training with us, but obviously not available after a couple of months out, we recovered all the other problems we had”
“That includes Phil Jones, of course Marcos Rojo, who played already with Argentina, so the picture improved a lot for us in that aspect.”
However, Daley Blind continues to be on the sidelines after receiving an ankle injury and apparently deemed unfit for the tie. The Dutch is supposed to be joined by the Argentinian stopper Sergio Romero in the medical treatment room, who reportedly acquired an injury during his team’s 6-1 loss to Spain.
“Romero is injured and I think he will be for a few weeks,”
Meanwhile Ashley who had picked up a knock during the England game vs Scotland has had his injury described as a minor one by the boss with the possibility that he even manage to shrug it off in time for the game. Being an extremely vital cog to our back four its no doubt that Jose will desperately want to see the left back recover in time for the game.
“Ashley Young had a problem in the last part of the game against Italy, but we think there is a chance for him to recover.”
The probable absence of Young from the team sheet could be a surprise remission for Luke Shaw or Matteo Darmian on the left side of the defence, specially for the former, after Mourinho’s public outburst on Shaw on his performance against Brighton in the FA Cup.
Nonetheless, the only downside for Jose’s team is Scott McTominay’s injury during Scotland’s friendly against Costa Rica. The Scottish midfielder was forced to withdraw from the match on his debut and the injury was confirmed by Scottish FA, although no details were presented.