Mourinho: Micki didn't play because we had many options

Should United avoid defeat they will also progress to the last-16 as winners of Group A. 10 goals scored shows that they are very good going forward, while they have only conceded once, which displays that they are not a side that is overly dependent on either facet of the game. In particular defender Phil Jones, who was forced out with injury inEngland's recent friendly with Brazil, however, it was surprising to see just the one United defender in Gareth Southgate'sside with Chris Smalling been omitted from the squad.

Paul Pogba made a successful return from injury at the weekend but after three months out Mourinho may decide not to risk him from the start again this evening. "We play Brighton in two days I need to give some players a rest and I need to give some players a chance".

"Ultimately it's your club form that decides whether you play at a World Cup", the 27-year-old stated. The story is always the same.

Manchester United will be looking to maintain their 100% record in the Champions League when they take on Basel tonight. But at least I respect the effort of trying to make a positive pitch after it being so bad in the playoffs in the national team.

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Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League last term following Pogba's return to Old Trafford.

"I think at United right now we have a fantastic squad", he added. Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera are the preffered choices for the centre of the park, alongside Pogba.

"Micki [Mkhitaryan] is not playing because we had lots of options for that match", the Man United website quoted Mourinho as saying. Jesse Lingard plays, as does Anthony Martial.

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  • Tabitha Byrd