Manchester United have a busy schedule throughout November and December, and manager Jose Mourinho will be anxious to see at least some of his injured players come back. The next couple of months could be key for the club’s chances of silverware this season.
We shouldn’t have any difficulty in qualifying from our Champion’s League group, and we’ve been given a favourable draw in the last eight of the league cup. We’re going to need our best players available in the league campaign, though, if we’re going to keep up with Manchester City. The football betting experts currently have us at odds of around 12/1 to win the title, and that’s probably about right. Even this early in the season it already looks like a big ask.
The good news is that Marouane Fellaini is due back soon. The weekend’s game against Chelsea will likely be too early for his return, but he should be fit to play the following week. Another positive is that Marcus Rojo’s long awaited return to action is getting close too. The defender should be available for selection following the international break in November.
There’s bad news too though. Mourinho has admitted that he still doesn’t know when Paul Pogba will be fit to play.
“I have no idea, I’m not in control of his recovery process,” said Mourinho. “He’s not training with me, he’s on individual work and not in my group.”
In addition to the uncertainty on Pogba, the mystery surrounding Michael Carrick’s illness is continuing to baffle the club. Carrick hasn’t played since he felt unwell during the game against Burton, and the medical staff have not been able to determine the problem. He’s due to return to training this week, however, and may be able to play again soon.