Paul Pogba will alleviate the pressure on Manchester United s injury-depleted squad in returning for the Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo on Thursday, manager Jose Mourinho said Sunday.
Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all out but the problem is even more acute at the back, with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo all sidelined.
United may have Juan Mata, sidelined since the middle of March, available for Swansea but France global Paul Pogba remains out with a leg muscle injury and is being saved for Thursday's Europa League semi-final with Celta Vigo. Before the game when asked if it was correct for the club to let players like Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Paddy McNair leave, Jose said the decision was made by the players and not the club.
With Marouane Fellaini having picked up a needless suspension, Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera now stand as Mourinho's only two central midfield options. Tim is another one that we miss so we are in trouble but we will fight that's for sure.
In this moment it's the only option we have, Axel and Eric and Daley. I think Eric and Daley played again absolutely unbelievable [against City]. I think Eric and Daley, they played again absolutely amazingly [against City]. They know now we are hard to play and they tried to do their best to defend and use the counter attack.
"It would be incredible (to win at Old Trafford), because of the situation we are in there would be only three games after that".
He seems likely to continue his comeback with another appearance from the bench as City, looking to strengthen their top-four position, travel to relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Sunday.
"There is always this dilemma of keeping a bigger squad but the players, they don't want to stay". And now, against Anderlecht, I have two.
After failing to win any of their first 10 visits to Old Trafford in all competitions (D2 L8), the Swans have won two of their last four (L2).
The Red Devils are just one point off the Champions League places and would temporarily climb into the top four with victory this weekend, although they face a Swansea side in desperate need of points themselves. "I think it's between us, Arsenal, and Liverpool".
"It felt like Mourinho was the one who really wanted me".
Mourinho's defensive tactics suffocated another heavyweight rival - it resembled an attack-vs-defense exercise in the second half - but whether a goalless draw does United any good is open to question with a month left in the season.
"Smalling and Jones were [injured] with the English national team, training".