Jose Mourinho has delivered an extremely positive team news update ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Manchester City on Saturday.
The United boss has informed MUTV that “everybody is available” despite concerns over a number of players on international duty, including Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw.
“I’m not saying Micki is ready to play 90 minutes but he is ready to help us,” revealed the manager in relation to the Armenia captain, who hurt his thigh while representing his country. “There are no injuries.”
Antonio Valencia has returned to the Aon Training Complex following his commitments with Ecuador and is also in contention for the derby showdown.
“Everybody is available,” Mourinho reiterated. “It’s not the same as if we were here all week and working, resting and not travelling, but there are no injuries and everybody has returned safely and on time for at least one training session. Everybody is ready and wants to play of course.
“Antonio was able to get one flight direct to Madrid and then to London and Manchester,” he added at his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex. “An easy one. Sergio [Romero] and Marcos [Rojo] went around the globe!
“They played in Venezuela and then went to Argentina and then, from there, they came back to Europe but they came back in time for training this morning.”
The boss was in a confident mood ahead of a game the whole world is anticipating. “We are fine,” he stressed. “We are ready. We are waiting.”
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Written by Damilola Okejide