Jose Mourinho believes some of his first-team stars should be back for Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Sevilla on Wednesday, but is not sure how many.
No fewer than eight regulars sat out the FA Cup victory at Huddersfield due to injury and illness, with Mourinho forced into making a late decision on the team that will play the La Liga outfit in midweek.
The United boss could welcome back Paul Pogba after illness, but the likes of Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia will face fitness tests.
Mourinho insists he ‘didn’t rest one single player’ in the fifth-round tie, with the manager forced to include two Under-23 players – Angel Gomes and Ethan Hamilton – in his matchday squad.
When asked about the availability for the trip to Seville, Mourinho stated: “Can we recover some of them for Wednesday? I believe so.
“Rashford, Herrera, Valencia, I think they have a chance. Paul (Pogba), I don’t know. Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Marouane (Fellaini), Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) – I don’t think they have any chance, so we arrive at this crucial moment with some problems.”
The match stats highlight the difficulties that the Premier League side face heading to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. Sevilla have lost just once in 35 home games in all competitions and came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with Liverpool during the group stages.
Vincenzo Montella’s men have won three games on the spin, including a 2-1 win at Las Palmas on Saturday. United, meanwhile, have won three and lost two of their last five fixtures and it’s their form on the road that will be a concern for Mourinho.
The last Champions League fixture away from Old Trafford saw them lose 1-0 at Basel and they have lost five of their last nine away games in the competition.