Antonio Valencia will not play against Young Boys

19 September, 2018, 16:56 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Full back Antonio Valencia, who is suffering from a persistent knee complaint, has been left in Manchester, with Luke Shaw set to start in his place.

"I told already Luke Shaw is playing and apart from him we have Diogo, Ashley Young and Darmian ready to play".

But Jose Mourinho has made a decision to rest one key player amid fears over the plastic pitch that will greet his side.

Young Boys will be without midfielders Jordan Lotomba and Sandro Lauper due to injury but Miralem Sulejmani is back in contention after recovering from concussion.

"I don't want to use that, especially before the match, as a possible excuse for a not very good performance", Mourinho said of the pitch.

"And I am pretty sure that the big man, sometimes is not happy to play on such a surface, but he has to play, and he has to win".

"At this moment I feel Marcus Rashford will say probably not".

"They have the quality, speed and technique to play on this pitch".

"Everybody knows he has a favourite surface, but he has also to win on other surfaces".


"I would focus on the first match, and after that on the group phase, one of the most hard group phases, and we have two positions to qualify and our focus must be on that".

Jose Mourinho's last European campaign ended in misery as his side lost 1-2 at home to Sevilla in the round of 16.

Jesse Lingard hasn't travelled to Switzerland while Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are still unavailable but Marcus Rashford will return to the starting eleven as he's now serving a domestic suspension.

"I don't think we have specialist players in certain positions anymore; you see full-backs play as wing-backs, wingers as number 10s and so on", said Hargreaves.

Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku has taken Marcus Rashford under his wing and is spending more than half an hour after every training session on attacking drills with the 20-year-old, Metro.co.uk understands.

And Mourinho opted to use an unexpected example in the form of tennis great Federer when discussing the pitch in his pre-match news conference.

"I just think there is a balance".

"Try to be a little happy for the ones who are playing, not critical of those not playing".

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