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Mourinho confirms Rashford is fit to face Huddersfield Town; still players on the sidelines

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Marcus Rashford will be fit to face Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Rashford limped off shortly after scoring the only goal against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening, giving the impression that he would miss the clash with newly promoted Huddersfield this weekend. Mourinho, speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon confirmed the player was fit and ready to play, should he be chosen too. Mourinho also confirmed to no other players are set to come back this weekend, leaving the same squad which faced Benfica during the week. The manager said:

“Nobody else is coming back. We have the same players as we had for the Benfica match.”

Mourinho also suggested that Phil Jones, who was on the bench in Lisbon during the week, will be in the squad which travels to Huddersfield, which will be a boost as Eric Bailly will still be out of action after returning from international duty on the sidelines. Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof started in the centre of defence on Wednesday evening, meaning Jones and one of the pair will start on Saturday afternoon, keeping a player in reserve on the bench, also keeping an eye on the Carabao Cup fourth-round clash with Swansea City on Tuesday evening. Marcos Rojo returned to training some weeks ago and travelled to Lisbon, but was not involved in the matchday squad – he could return inside a fortnight.

Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba are all out of action, leaving United’s midfield low in numbers. Scott McTominay could be a contender in the squad for Mourinho, which after signing a new long-term contract on Friday, will see him looking to continue to impress his manager and teammates – seemingly being a good replacement in midfield for any of the injures trio. Ander Herrera is, of course, fit to play, but after playing with Nemanja Matic in the last two matches, which were rather lacklustre, the midfield numbers may need to be increased should Huddersfield choose to flood the midfield with players, forcing United to use the flanks, which has not been all that successful after the international break. When speaking about Pogba, Mourinho confirmed:

“Paul [Pogba] is not here, I don’t know when he comes back. I don’t know when he’s available. I have no idea about it.”

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner also gave an injury update on his side ahead of the visit of Manchester United on Saturday afternoon. Wagner, speaking about players who have been out of action recently, those who are long-term injuries and those who could be in contention to face United, saying:

“Steve Mounie will be back in the squad; he trained all week without any issues. Philip Billing has a serious injury; we aren’t 100 per cent sure if he needs surgery or not. The final investigations will be on Monday.

“Collin Quaner won’t be available but he should be back for Liverpool away. Kasey Palmer will be with us over the international break in full training and, after that, he will be ready for the squad.”

Wagner also spoke about facing Manchester United, which should bring a big atmosphere to the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend, saying:

“We are against one of the biggest clubs in the world and we will create one of the best football atmospheres. We will try our best and will make this game a real challenge for Manchester United. We have to be at our very best to get a result.”

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