Jose Mourinho:”I am Happy the international break is almost over? United boss all smiles as he arrives for training”
Jose Mourinho has arrived at Manchester United training ahead of one of the most pivotal weeks in his career.
The Portuguese salvaged some time from the Red Devils by inspiring a second-half comeback to win vs Newcastle .
But pressure remains and after a short international break, Mourinho arrived at training seemingly in a considerably better mood than he has been in previous weeks.
Rashford firing again
Mourinho will have been delighted at the reaction of Marcus Rashford since voicing his regret at starting the England star vs Newcastle.
“Maybe it was my wrong decision to start Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay,” Mourinho said before the international break. “They were not ready for this level of pressure that the man-hunting is bringing.”
After a frustrating outing vs Croatia, Rashford delivered vs Spain, showing a more composed approach in front of goal and linking nicely with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.
Now Mourinho will look to inspire a repeat of that performance vs Chelsea.
Translate Lukaku form for Belgium to club
Romelu Lukaku made some strange remarks this week regarding his openness to joining Juventus , despite three and a half years left on his contract.
After four goals in his last two appearances for Belgium, Mourinho will hope Lukaku can back up his comments regarding his future by delivering on the pitch again for United.
It’s been six games without a goal and Lukaku will be desperate to strike against his former club on Saturday.
Marouane Fellaini is one of Mourinho’s most trusted players at Old Trafford and he would certainly have been factoring into the Portuguese’s plan for the trip to Chelsea.
But Fellaini has picked up a knock whilst away with Belgium and is struggling with a groin problem.
That could mean he misses tonight’s game with the Netherlands, meaning Mourinho may be sweating on his fitness for this weekend.
Get Shaw contract over the line
Mourinho has finally found a tune out of Luke Shaw, who has proven to be excellent since regaining his fitness this season.
With reports of Shaw on the brink of signing a new contract, Mourinho will be keen to get that over the line and solve a problem position during his time at Old Trafford.
Where next for McTominay?
After calling out the youngster last week and picking the Scotland international out of position as a centre-back in his only other Premier League start this season vs West Ham , reports suggest United will allow McTominay to leave on loan in January.
Mourinho will be contemplating where is best for the 21-year-old, with initial interest likely to be from the Championship.