JOSE PROMISES FRINGE BENEFIT
Mourinho guarantees his squad playing time in cups
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