Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been speaking at his press conference today ahead of Tuesday night’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Real Madrid.
The Portuguese coach has given ManUtd.com a team news and injury update with the United supremo confirming that he’ll be without six of his first team squad for the game.
Phil Jones will serve the first of his two-game suspension as his appeal was rejected after the centre-back was slapped with a ban for allegedly verbally abusing a doping official after the Europa League final.
Eric Bailly is also still suspended as he continues to serve his three-match ban after being dismissed during United’s Europa League semi-final win over Celta Vigo last season.
Mourinho’s options at the back are further limited as Timothy Fosu-Mensah won’t be involved tomorrow because the youngster is close to joining Crystal Palace on loan.
Left-back Luke Shaw remains on the sidelines as he continues to recover from a foot injury while Ashley Young is also still nursing a hamstring problem.
United have limited options in defence as Marcos Rojo is continuing his rehabilitation after suffering a serious knee ligament injury during the final weeks of last season.
Summer signing Nemanja Matic played 45 minutes during a friendly win over Sampdoria last week but Mourinho feels the midfielder is still not ready to play the full ninety minutes just yet so he may not start against Madrid tomorrow night.
Mourinho told the clubs website:
“With Phil Jones, I was expecting the appeal [against the ban] to be negative. No Phil Jones, no Eric Bailly and no Tim Fosu-Mensah because, in this moment, Tim is probably going on loan to another club. So we made the decision not to travel with him.
“The injuries are the long-term [ones] that you all know about – Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo. Apart from that, everybody is available. Obviously, Matic is available but not available like the others.”
Victor Lindelof is in-line to make his competitive debut following his move from Benfica while Romelu Lukaku is also expected to start up front after moving to Old Trafford from Everton earlier in the summer.