Saturday, 1 October 2016

'MASIVE' OCTOBER For Man Utd As MOURINHO Awaits 'Surprises'

Jose Mourinho is waiting for more surprises from his squad ahead of huge October for Manchester United.

Manchester United - who face Stoke City at Old Trafford on Sunday - have five games in 12 days on returning from the international break.

United squad will be stretched to the maximum, particularly with a Europa League visit of Fenerbache between trips to Liverpool and Chelsea.

Mourinho is annoy by the clash at Anfield being played on a Monday night and admitted he needs more time to assess who can be trusted in big games. He said: "You know I need time. I need the players to play, I need to see them in different circumstances. I need to understand more about them, .
"There is so much to learn about the players that only when you work with them a long, long time you really know them well.
"There's always a surprise behind the door when you work with a team for three or five months. There's always a surprise.
"Every game I know more about my players, especially ones that are on the pitch."

Luke Shaw will be given an opportunity to fully recover from illness ahead of Stoke, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan was back in training this week.
Phil Jones has had a leg brace removed after a knee injury but Mourinho confirmed the defender remains sidelined, although he hopes for a return to training sooner rather than later.

Mourinho will need to draw on everyone in the coming weeks and agreed that October - where they also contest a second Manchester derby of the season in the EFL cup.

Mourinho said: "You know every game is massive, we losy three points against Watford - not different from the three points we lost against Manchester City.
"So every game for me is important but, you are right, we havve some big opponents in October but that's also a motivation."

MANCHESTER UNITED OCTOBER FIXTURES:

Oct 2:       Man Utd. vs Stoke                (H), Premier League

Oct 17:     Liverpool vs Man Utd.          (A), Premier League

Oct 20:    Man Utd. vs Fenerbache        (H), Eurpa League

Oct 23:    Chelsea vs Man Utd.              (A), Premier League

Oct 26:    Man Utd. vs Man City           (H),   EFL Cup

Oct 29:     Man Utd. vs Burnley              (H), Premier League 
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