Manchester United will be getting no sympathy about injuries, or lack of strength in depth, after spending well in excess of £600m starting summer 2014.

However, Jose Mourinho has, predictably, blamed injuries and..lack of squad strength, as reasons for falling behind Manchester City.

With only 11 matches gone, Manchester United are already eight points behind the leaders, having lost two of their last three Premier League games.

A rather fortunate 1-0 win over Tottenham was sandwiched between defeats to both Huddersfield and Chelsea.

Mourinho has bemoaned the absence of a number of long-term injured, with Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Fellaini, and Rojo, all having been on the missing list for some time.

Whilst the Swedish striker won’t be available until the new year at the earliest, Fellaini returned to the squad at the weekend.

He isn’t great to watch but he certainly made a difference when he came on at Chelsea, the blues had been well on top and should have been out of sight, but the Manchester United midfielder caused them all sorts of problems in the final stages, when the visitors almost sneaked what would have been a totally undeserved point.

Fellaini is in line to start against Newcastle in 10 days time and there looks to be even worse news for Rafa Benitez.

Marcos Rojo wasn’t involved on Sunday but he travelled with the squad and Jose Mourinho has said he expects the Argentine defender to be available against Newcastle.

The Manchester United manager has also stated that Paul Pogba is set to be included in his plans for the 18 November.

The French international has been sidelined since September with a hamstring injury and has carried out most of his rehabilitation in the United States.

However, he is now back the club’s Carrington training complex to complete his recovery process and is now training with the other Manchester United players who aren’t on international duty.

From the sounds of it, Fellaini is set to start, whilst Rojo is also a strong possibility, whilst with Pogba you would imagine he is likely to be used as an impact sub if necessary, though you can’t see Mourinho taking any chances with such a key player.

Arguably, Newcastle United’s injury problems are even more acute, with Mikel Merino and Captain Jamaal Lascelles being such important players in Rafa’s far smaller squad. At this stage it looks unlikely that either will feature against Manchester United but it would be a major boost if they did, as Rafa Benitez will be desperate not to make it three defeats on the bounce.

  • Wor Lass

    Start Mitro and task him with man-marking Fellaini. At least we`ll have some entertainment for the short time they`re both on the pitch. Fat Mike could sell the video to Fight Night.

    • hetonmag

      Mitro can’t jump total miss match.

      • Leazes Ender

        He can elbow him in the knee.

        • hetonmag

          Pleased there’s still some humour on here Leazes 😀😀😀😀😀

      • Wor Lass

        He`d just let Fellaini jump then nut him in the ….. nuts!

    • Steve Smith

      Pube head gets massive protection from referees. We’ll be down to 10 men before people are all in their seats.

  • Guest 2

    Judging by recent performances we are going to get a right Manc spanking.

    • Leazes Ender

      Stranger things have happened…. although not many. I was there on a weekday night when we got whacked 7-2 in the league cup circa 1976 they blatantly cheated by going around the defence as well as through it.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose


    • Rich Lawson

      Hoselu 0-5 !

  • Steve Pearce

    For once the meaningless round of friendlies is to our advantage as our injured players may have recovered by the Manure game. As we have no effective strike force we should just put 10 players in defence and at least we may come away with a point from a 0-0….

  • Rich Lawson

    With our luck Imbramovich will be back as well !

    • Peaky Magpie

      With our luck,Best,Law,Charlton,Cantona,Scholes & Van Nistleroy will be back !!!

      • Rich Lawson

        Well,possibly not Best,but I’d give the other 5 a game up front for us,even at their advanced age !

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Park the Bus, the biggest 1 we can find, The special 1 has a long memory & he won`t forget the last time when he managed Chelsea
    We Parked the bus Ok that day & Farmer Giles brought his cows down from
    Nuns Moor to graze in the Chelsea half

  • Alreet

    Lookin forward to the match actually. No fear. Rafa aint one to have a hiding. If it looks that way we will hold back and counter. Manu hate being countered especially if it shows valencia and rojo up.