Jose Mourinho: Man United’s amazing squad can cope with injuries
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Manchester United can cope with their injury crisis ahead of Stamford Bridge clash
Manchester United have an amazing squad capable of coping with their current defensive crisis, according to Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils will be without vice-captain Michael Carrick, centre-halves Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, and Dutch midfielder Daley Blind for the trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans is still suspended as he continues to serve a FA ban for spitting at Papiss Cisse, leaving manager Louis van Gaal short on defensive options for the clash against Premier League leaders.
However, Chelsea boss Mourinho is adamant that the United squad has sufficient options to cope with their current injury problems despite the shortage of available centre-halves.
“Their squad is amazing in terms of numbers of players, experience and solutions,” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference at Cobham training ground on Friday afternoon.
“Every week I have in my office not the team that I’m going to play against but the squad and all the options. This week when I arrived in the room, I realised what they have is amazing.”
Mourinho continued: “They have Mata, Di Maria, Januzaj, Rooney, Van Persie, Falcao, Herrera, Carrick, Blind and Fellaini.
“They have Rafael and Valencia as right-backs. They have Luke Shaw at left-back. At centre-half, they have Chris Smalling, McNair and Blackett, who have played a lot of matches.
“I went to QPR with Drogba and no strikers on the bench.”
Earlier in his press conference, Mourinho revealed that Loic Remy could return from a calf problem to face the Red Devils, whilst top-scorer Diego Costa is nearing a return to action.