Man United to welcome back three injured players for the derby

Date published: Friday 8th December 2017 2:58

Jose Mourinho will be able to call on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic for this weekend’s “special” Manchester derby.

Old Trafford hosts the most hotly-anticipated match of the Premier League season as Pep Guardiola’s swashbuckling side attempt to extend their lead at the summit to double digits.

United are desperate to cut back Manchester City’s eight-point advantage on Sunday, when their chances are bolstered by the timely return of three key players – and perhaps also Marouane Fellaini.

“Zlatan is available, Jones is available,” Mourinho said.

“Fellaini I have to wait until tomorrow.

“(Michael) Carrick is not available, (Eric) Bailly is not available. (Nemanja) Matic is injured but he plays.”

Mourinho also spoke about the importance of the game, with City holding a strong lead in the title race:

“I live a little bit isolated from society, I don’t feel it so much. It’s about training ground and hotel, my day off after CSKA I went home.

“So I really don’t have that communication, but I don’t need that to know a derby is something special for the people.

“For us, in the end, it’s three points but honestly I think for the people born in the city and feeling the colours in that good, positive rivalry, I think it is a special match.”


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