By Dave Marshall
Manchester United are sweating on the fitness of some first team players ahead of the crucial Champions League away game at Sevilla on Wednesday. A number of players were injured ahead of the clash against Huddersfield in the FA Cup, which we won courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku brace.
Paul Pogba, the 24 year old Frenchman has been the subject of speculation of a fall-out with Mourinho, though the Portuguese has denied such claims. He is a doubt for the clash at the Ramon Sanchez Pijuan, which would not quell the rumours of his bad relationship with the manager.
Despite being too ill for the Huddersfield game, reports in the Daily Mail suggested that Pogba took part in training on Sunday ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg clash in Spain. Marcus Rashford, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all missed out due to injury, while Paul Pogba was sidelined by illness. United will be hoping to get a positive result in Andalusia to help our quest of reaching the quarter finals of this season’s competition.
Speaking after the weekend game at the John Smith’s stadium, Mourinho said, “I didn’t rest one single player, so we had every player available here.
“I brought two kids (Ethan Hamilton and Angel Gomes) that played 90 minutes yesterday (for the U23s) because I don’t have another player. “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, Zlatan – I don’t think they have any chance, so we arrive at this crucial moment with some problems. We know it is a very difficult match – but we go for it.” He added.
The match against Vincenzo Montella’s men kicks off at 7:45pm GMT on Wednesday.