Ashley Young is back in the fold ahead of Saturday night’s game at Old Trafford, having missed out on the European clash with La Liga side Valencia in midweek with a minor unspecified injury, but is now back in contention to face Rafa Benitez’s team this weekend.
However, as reported by the Evening Standard, Mourinho will be without the injured trio of Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera, each of whom also missed the midweek match, as was confirmed by the Manchester United boss in his pre-match press conference.
With those three out for Saturday’s match, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Andreas Pereira will be hoping for recalls to the fold for the visit of the Magpies at Old Trafford this weekend, after being omitted from the squad for the visit of Valencia on Wednesday night.
The home team are currently on a run of four matches without a win, and Mourinho has admitted that it would be unacceptable for his side to make it five on the trot for only the second time since 1999, as he told reporters in response to that prospect: “Yes, I accept (it is not good enough)."
Mourinho still refusing to acknowledge United were beaten on penalties by Derby. Again referred to that result as a draw and referenced how #mufc have only had one defeat at OT this season. There was a time when Jose would have ridiculed other managers for thinking in such terms— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) October 5, 2018
“Only one defeat at home all season, only one defeat in the last seven matches,” Mourinho continued. But not victories at home in the past three matches – three draws.
“Not the feeling of the defeat, but not the happiness of the victory. So, yes, it is important for us to try and win this match on Saturday.”
Manchester United are the only unbeaten English side in the Champions League this season.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 3, 2018
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Manchester United have not won at Old Trafford since the opening day of the season and Mourinho will be hoping to see his side relieve the pressure with a vital win at home to Newcastle when the struggling Magpies arrive in Manchester this weekend, with Benitez’s side currently languishing in the relegation zone of the Premier League.