Man Utd kick-start their Premier League campaign in under two weeks, but Jose Mourinho’s fitness troubles continue to pile up, it’s been reported.
The Red Devils host Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 10, but based on the number of injury concerns that Mourinho has, it remains to be seen what team he’s able to put out.
His situation is of course immediately complicated by the fact that several Man Utd stars are still on an extended break after the World Cup this summer, and so that naturally puts him at a disadvantage in both pre-season and in terms of getting those individuals up to full match fitness when the season starts.
However, as noted by ESPN, the Portuguese tactician is seemingly having some rotten luck with injuries too as both Eric Bailly and Ander Herrera are said to have picked up knocks in the last two friendly outings, joining Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot and Sergio Romero in needing treatment.
With that in mind, Mourinho will likely be desperate to get back from their pre-season tour in the US and regroup with his players at Carrington in order to take stock of the situation and prepare for the new campaign.
Nevertheless, with the issues detailed above, he could have a tough time on his hands putting a strong enough line-up out against the Foxes to ensure that they make a positive start to the new year at least, as they’ll face a trip to Brighton a week later before Tottenham visit Old Trafford in a potentially tricky opening to the season.