Mour­inho guar­an­tees his squad play­ing time in cups

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JOSE Mour­inho has promised United’s fringe play­ers they will get play­ing time once the cup com­pe­ti­tions start.

Vic­tor Lin­de­lof was omit­ted from the match­day squad for the sec­ond time this month against Le­ices­ter on Satur­day – while An­dreas Pereira and Michael Carrick have failed to make the bench since the Pre­mier League cam­paign be­gan.

United have seven fixtures in Septem­ber, in­clud­ing their first two Cham­pi­ons League group games and the Carabao Cup tie against Bur­ton, and Mour­inho has urged United’s pe­riph­eral play­ers to re­main pa­tient.

“I will be very happy when the Cham­pi­ons League and League Cup start,” Mour­inho said.

“Be­cause then I’ll have more games and more op­por­tu­ni­ties to give all of my play­ers the game-time they de­serve. As ever, all the boys are work­ing hard.

“It might be easy for peo­ple to praise the ones who have done so well in the open­ing games of the sea­son, but I pre­fer to praise the amaz­ing pro­fes­sion­als who are not play­ing at the mo­ment.

“They might not have played the min­utes they would have liked so far, but they are all be­ing very pa­tient and wait­ing for their op­por­tu­nity to be­come im­por­tant for the team.

“Last sea­son showed how much we will need to use the whole squad dur­ing the course of the cam­paign, and while I can only pick 11 play­ers to start each game, the boys all know they will get chances, and I know I can count on any of them when­ever se­lected.”

Mour­inho con­firmed Chris Smalling and Lin­de­lof will start the Cham­pi­ons League opener against Basel as Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are sus­pended.

United manager Jose Mour­inho

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