MANCHESTER — Jose Mourinho is hoping his Manchester United crew can survive their subsequent two video games earlier than “attacking” the second half of the season.
Mourinho admits he’s involved mounting harm issues will make Monday’s journey to Everton and the FA Cup third spherical tie with Derby County on Friday troublesome to barter.
He’s set to be with out Romelu Lukaku for each video games whereas Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been dominated out for a month. Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick are already sidelined and Ashley Younger will miss the following three video games by means of suspension.
After Derby’s go to to Previous Trafford on Jan. 5, United have 10 days to organize for his or her Premier League conflict with Stoke on Jan. 15. And Mourinho insists his crew, which has slipped to 3rd within the desk after three consecutive attracts, is in want of the break.
“Now we have a lot of issues,” Mourinho stated.
“We misplaced Lukaku, we misplaced Ibrahimovic for a month. To lose him for a month means he stops his run to the restoration. He has been working for a lot of months. Within the interval the place what he wants is to play and have minutes, we lose him for a month.
“We lose Lukaku, I do not know for a way lengthy. I do not keep in mind the final time Fellaini performed. [It] was a very long time in the past. I do not keep in mind. It was a very long time in the past.
“Now we have problem now to rotate gamers. Now we now have to deal with Everton and Derby. After that we now have an open area of 10 days earlier than Stoke.
“Hopefully on this interval we are able to relaxation, we are able to work, we are able to get better some gamers to assault the second a part of the season.
“We end the 12 months in third place within the desk. Now we have to combat to enhance our place.”
United have gained simply two of their final seven video games in all competitions, however Mourinho revealed the defeat to Bristol Metropolis of their Carabao Cup quarterfinal has became a blessing in disguise.
He added: “The truth that we do not play [a] League Cup semifinal is an effective factor for us. Now we have no gamers to play these two attainable further matches in January.”
Mourinho’s crew will begin the brand new 12 months 15 factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis. And the Portuguese coach says they’ll want a change of luck to face any probability of catching Pep Guardiola’s aspect in 2018.
He assist: “Three attracts are totally different to a few defeats. The distinction is simply three factors however the distinction by way of the psychological state of the defeat and the draw makes a distinction.
“We have to enhance the outcomes not the efficiency. I really feel unfortunate, sure. It’s a must to change which is what we attempt to do.
“After I talk about three penalties in matches the place a penalty and a attainable objective makes an enormous distinction, I need to say unfortunate as a result of it’s what I really feel. I may very well be right here with a biased idea, which I’m not going in any respect.
“I’m pleased with the refereeing performances in these matches they usually had been simply unfortunate selections. It’s a must to be biased towards us to say that the penalty towards Metropolis and Leicester and Southampton weren’t penalties. The boys try.”
Rob is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Observe him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.