Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Patience will pay off, Mourinho tells midfield duo

Patience will pay off, Mourinho tells midfield duo

Former Manchester United full-back Phil Neville has expressed his surprise at Ander Herrera's lack of game time under Jose Mourinho this season.

"He is just in a team where I think in this moment (Nemanja) Matic and (Marouane) Fellaini are in the best form that I have ever seen them". Notably, there were transfer approaches from Turkey for Fellaini this year as well, but the player chose to stay.

"Ander Herrera was Player of the Season and he's not starting matches".

Mourinho maintains that Maroune Fellaini, as well as Nemanja Matic, are now in the best form of their lives.

Carrick, Herrera and Romero are likely to get a chance on Wednesday as David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Matic and Eric Bailly have been given two days off by Mourinho. But, with Paul Pogba also now sidelined with a hamstring injury, Mourinho insisted the pair will get their opportunity to play and once again emphasised the importance of utilising the full strength of his squad. I have never seen Matic play so well and I've never seen Fellaini play so well.

Luke Shaw is also set to get a first run-out of the season in what is expected to be a much changed United line-up, but Mourinho insists he is keen to try and defend the trophy he won at Wembley last Feburary. "We can not play with (only) 11 guys", the manager added.

After their unbeaten start to the 2017/18 Premier League season, Stewart Robson explains why Manchester United are favourites for the title.

"So we need some of the players that played today to play and we need some to be on the bench".

"We gave him [Carrick] a contract because we think he is a good player".

Jose Mourinho has told Michael Carrick that his time will come despite the Manchester United captain's lack of playing time so far this season. Their time will arrive and they're going to be important players for sure. That's the team, that's the squad.

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