Manchester United squad vs Watford revealed

Man Utd vs Watford in their Premier League fixture this weekend and there is some early team news with the confirmed squad.

Manchester United squad vs Watford revealed

Man Utd vs Watford in their Premier League fixture this weekend and there is some early team news with the confirmed squad.

14 September 2018 Friday 18:01
Manchester United squad vs Watford revealed

Luke Shaw has not travelled with the Manchester United squad for their Premier League fixture at Watford but Marouane Fellaini is in contention to figure.

Shaw suffered concussion in a collision with Dani Carvajal during England's defeat to Spain last Saturday. The 23-year-old was carried off and withdrew from the squad for the friendly against Switzerland in Leicester on Tuesday but Shaw checked in at United's Carrington training complex.

However, Shaw was not with the United squad which took the train from Stockport Station on Friday afternoon but Fellaini, who was a doubt due to a back injury, has been included in the travelling party. Mourinho has also recalled Matteo Darmian to offset Shaw's absence and Sergio Romero is back with the first-team squad following a long-term knee injury.

Mourinho confirmed earlier on Friday Ander Herrera was out of the trip to Watford after he suffered an injury in training in midweek.

Mourinho smiles at Stockport

Mourinho smiles at Stockport (Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

"I don't know," Mourinho originally said of Shaw's chances of playing. "We still have a training session, contrary to some news, to some opinions, by the protocol point of view and according to our doctor, he will be free to play.

"The only situation we have to analyse is if you are going to play him when, during the week, he was not training with the team or even so he decides to play.

"Fellaini is a doubt. Ander Herrera is out. He had one little problem in one medical in training during the week, so he is also a doubt. Dalot and Rojo play tonight with Under-23s and if they play 90 minutes then it will be the end of their recovering process and we will consider them to be back next week for full competition.

Pogba is expected to start

Pogba is expected to start (Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

"It's clear (the test at Watford). Four matches, 12 points. We know that three of these matches were at home, so in relation to the 12 points we can speak about a little advantage in relation to other teams with two home and away, but fantastic start.

"Twelve points is great for them, good victories at home, strong performances, congratulations to Javi and the players and to the club overall, because it was a very good start."

At his pre-match press conference, Mourinho gave an impassioned defence of his handling of Marcus Rashford, whose two goals on international duty sparked a debate over his United future in some sections.

Sanchez should retain his place

Sanchez should retain his place (Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

Question: "Marcus is obviously banned for this weekend and the coming domestic games, but what did you make of his performances over the international break?"

Mourinho said: "Speaking about Marcus, I think I can expect that Sunday I'm going to be highly criticised for not playing him tomorrow because some of the boys are really obsessed with me and some of them they have I think a problem with some compulsive lies.

"So, I can expect that Sunday some of them they will wake up in the morning and, as always, the first thing they think, that comes to their mind, is Jose Mourinho, so I can imagine on Sunday I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus. But it is not my fault, he is suspended, so probably you should remind them that he is suspended, and he cannot play.

Fellaini is available

Fellaini is available (Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

"Performances with England, of course I'm happy. He played well, he competed well, he scored and especially in a period where he comes with some sadness after his suspension and it was very good that he did that.

"If you don't mind to lose a couple of minutes with me, I'm going to do something not for you but for the United fans because I think I hold myself to the United fans and for them I am going to spend two minutes with you.

"On the season 16-17, Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches, 11 Europa League matches, including the final, three FA Cup matches, six League Cup matches, including the final, and the Community Shield. He had 53 appearances but if you want to take to the minutes of play, he played 3,068 minutes and if you want to divide that by 90 minutes of the matches, he played 34.2 matches of 90 minutes on the 16-17.

Pereira has been dropped from the last two squads

Pereira has been dropped from the last two squads (Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

"On the 17-18, he played 35 matches in the Premier League, eight in Champions League, five in FA Cup, including the final, three League Cup matches and the European Super Cup final. He played a total of 52 matches with 2,676 minutes. If you divide that by 90, it gives 29.7 matches.

"So, with me in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5,744 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals, so the people that is speaking about his minutes I think they are a bit confused.

Bailly has not started the last two games

Bailly has not started the last two games (Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

"Marcus Rashford is not [Liverpool's] Dominic Solanke, he's not [Chelsea's] Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he's not [Everton's] Dominic Calvert-Lewin. He's Marcus Rashford, Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions.

"So, Manchester United supporters - for you and just for you - to know what we are doing with Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, that's what we are doing here."

Question: "You or someone has done some research, it clearly irritates you that there is a perception about you..."

Mata has not made the last two squads

Mata has not made the last two squads (Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

Mourinho replied: "It's not a perception. You know some of the persons, everybody knows that they have double salaries. They work also for the clubs and when they work also for the clubs of course they are not independent and of course they conduct things in the direction they want to conduct things. That's obvious and that's human, and that's natural. It's not ethical but I accept, clearly.

"The ones that wake up in the morning and the first thing that comes into their mind is Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, I feel sorry for them because there are much more interesting things to wake up and to be happy in the morning (about) than to speak immediately about us and about football.

Fred played for Brazil in midweek

Fred played for Brazil in midweek (Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

"But for the Manchester United supporters, I think it is important they have the right idea of how things are in reality. But the most important thing of all is that the kid is a good kid, the kid is a good player, he knows what Manchester United did for him.

"Starting in the academy, then Mr Van Gaal's support, then my support and the club's support, and the new contract and the new shirt, and being selected for every single match since I am here.

"Marcus Rashford was selected for every single match - he was never, never one day out of selection because of my decision, only if injured or, like in this, because he is suspended.

Lukaku has scored three in three starts

Lukaku has scored three in three starts (Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

"He was never, never out of a selection, so he knows and that's the most important thing. But, again, media is very important, and I think it's very important the Manchester United supporters they know the truth. That's why I'm going so specific about his numbers."

When Mourinho was asked who the 'obsessives' were, he added: "People that called me and ask me to fall at Wembley because they need news from me, so I made it on purpose so you could speak about myself.

"Was a good dive and I protect my phones. No penalty and maybe a yellow card."

Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot are playing for United Under-23s tonight. Phil Jones is still injured.

Confirmed United squad members

David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Fred, Marouane Fellaini, Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku

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