Jose Mourinho was short of players for the Champions League game against Juventus on Tuesday.
The likes of Scott McTominay, Jesse Linngard, Diogo Dalot, Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini and Alexis Sanchez have been out injured, and Mourinho has explained that he’s unsure of their availability for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Everton.
The United boss revealed that most of the injuries came during the international break and hinted that McTominay might be available for Sunday’s game.
“We played against Newcastle and went to the national team period in a good situation and then, after two weeks, we lost Dalot in Portugal, Fellaini in Belgium, Alexis with Chile, McTominay with Scotland,” the boss explained.
“With some of them, the national teams were very professional with us and sent the players back so we could start the process early, but some of them weren’t and kept the players so we didn’t even know the dimension and the nature of the injuries. So when the players arrived here two days before [the] Chelsea [game], we have no idea of what is going on, but we have to deal with this and now we’re trying to resolve problems a little bit step-by-step. I think if Jesse can be available, it gives us some help. I think McTominay is in normal conditions and we have to wait for other players.
“In this moment, Alexis is struggling because he’s injured and came to the Chelsea match to try to help the team, but his physical condition wasn’t good and then he had to stop and wasn’t available for Juventus and he’s not available for Sunday. So now the point is to be physically in the best conditions.”