Wayne Rooney to start for Manchester United against Reading, says Mourinho

Antonio JonesJan 07, 2017

Manager Jose Mourinho reported no injuries for United, with only defender Eric Bailly unavailable having flown out for Ivory Coast duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

"Because he is an option he is selected for Saturday, just like he has been for three or four matches".

"There is no need for the players to get nervous because of the crowd or the game - they need to enjoy it".

Having played twice in the space of three days earlier in the week, Mourinho is likely to shuffle his pack tomorrow, so here are THREE players who deserve a chance against Reading on Saturday...

United have a fully-fit squad to choose from with the likes of Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Marouane Fellaini, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata all pushing for recalls. "He's selected again so he can start, he can be on the bench [versus Reading]", the Portuguese said. Only third, fourth and fifth round ties are considered, because after that stage most games are televised and broadcasters have fewer choices to make. For many months he wasn't an option, when we brought him back in the first couple of weeks he was not an option, not ready to compete.

"But the reality is when season after season the goalkeeper is player of the season something is wrong, hopefully he keeps doing important saves for us".

There appears to be no chance of either Morgan Schneiderlin or Memphis Depay receiving any playing time before they leave Old Trafford, however.

"I will allow both of them to leave if the right offer comes".

"During the season, we have never had big, big problems - we had the normal amount of injuries that happen all the time but, in this moment, we have zero".

Reports have emerged indicating Michael Carrick is set to sign a new deal at Old Trafford, keeping him with United past the end of his exisiting contract - which runs until the end of this season.

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