Manchester United round-up: Mourinho reacts to Leicester win; target agrees move; injury latest on trio
Jose Mourinho praised his Manchester United side after they notched their third win of the season on Saturday evening against Leicester City. Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini were on the scoresheet and Mourinho was positive about his side’s display even up to the opening goal as he is quoted by the Express as saying:
“I think we played very well. The result was open at 0-0. The Blue wall was very well organised and I always give credit for that. They defended very well. After the goal I have to say we were very good. If I have to choose a word to describe my team, I would have to say ‘solid’. The players are good and motivated.”
The Red Devils struggled to find a way through the Foxes and Romelu Lukaku even missed a spot kick, but Marcus Rashford’s introduction changed the game. The youngster scored only three minutes after being introduced as a substitute.
Tottenham are set to complete a £23 million move for Paris Saint-Germain right-back Serge Aurier according to the London Evening Standard, after Goal had previously reported that Manchester United had agreed terms with the Ivory Coast international for a move earlier this month.
The full-back has a controversial record both on and off the pitch, with inconsistent form and several suspensions. His move to London could even be delayed due to an ongoing court case in France, so whilst United may have missed out, it may be that they have dodged a bullet on this occasion.
United will soon have plenty of defensive options to choose from though, as Jose Mourinho has provided an injury update to the club website on the fitness of three players. Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are all currently sidelined but Mourinho outlined potential return dates saying:
“Young will be earlier than Luke. There are seven matches to play in September in three different competitions, sometimes just two days between matches, so we need our squad. We need everyone. Again [with Rojo], there is no rush. When I see him run, I like it. It doesn’t look like somebody with an injury… the timings are bringing Marcos to the team around December, not before.”
With a very congested fixture list, the sooner Mourinho can call upon the defensive trio, the better as far as the Portuguese boss is concerned.
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