Manchester United injury news heading into Saturday’s fixture is better than the team had originally hoped for.
Manchester United have received an injury boost heading into Saturday’s clash with Liverpool. Reported by ManchesterUnited.com, manager Jose Mourinho will have midfielder Marouane Fellaini back from injury. Fellaini has been out of action since January 31. During his time out, Fellaini underwent knee surgery.
Manchester United injury news
The website also reported Mourinho will have defender Eric Bailly back to full fitness. The centre-back will play a part in the match against Liverpool and Bailly is in line for his first start in over three months.
Although Fellaini and Bailly will be back for the match on Saturday, winger Anthony Martial will miss the fixture. Martial didn’t make the team for Monday night’s narrow win over Crystal Palace.
“It’s basically the same [squad],” Mourinho said. “The people injured are recovering step by step and a few of them are very, very close to a return – but not yet. We are fine, we have a squad ready for everything. The number we choose – 23 – was to protect them and we are coping with that.”
The clash between Manchester United and Liverpool could dictate which of the two sides finish second in the Premier League this term.
“In my mentality, every match is the same,” Mourinho stated during his press conference. “I’m not very good on that culture – ‘this rivalry is special, that match is special’. I’ve never been very good at it. I never look to AC Milan has the biggest rival, I never look at Atletico [Madrid] as the enemy, I never look to Spurs or Arsenal as the big rival, I’ve never been any good on it.
“For me it is just a big match, two historical clubs, not just in England, but in the world. In this moment, [there are] important points for the top four, important points for second position, which is better than third or fourth place. I still don’t look to some matches as special opponents. It’s just a big match, because we are speaking about two big clubs.”
Manchester United are just two points ahead of Liverpool going into Saturday’s lunchtime fixture.