Mourinho Says New Defender Unnecessary For Manchester United

Manchester United, Jose Mourinho, DefenderManchester United Coach, Jose Mourinho, says he will not sign a new defender in January despite losing Eric Bailly to the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Portuguese explained that a new defender would be needless for the club since Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo were performing well.

He added that Phil Jones was also back to full fitness, saying he would manage the three players before Bailly returns.

“No, I’ll wait for Bailly (and) I hope the three can control the situation in those eight matches.

“I will try to rest one in every game. On Saturday (against Reading in the FA Cup) I will rest one, against Hull (in Tuesday’s League Cup semifinal first leg) another.

“We’ll try to make a rotation between these three. We still have Daley Blind as the fourth in case we need him to play there. We have Michael Carrick, so let’s try,” Mourinho told reporters at the Red Devils’ training base.

Mourinho Tasks Manchester United To Impress In Feyenoord Clash

Mourinho, Manchester United, FeyenoordManchester United Coach, Jose Mourinho, has directed his squad to impress against Feyenoord in Thursday’s Europa League tie.

The club website said the Portuguese made the call after he proposed he would make changes for the clash.

Ten of the 20-man squad could register their first starts of the season in Rotterdam and the manager has challenged the fringe men to stake their claims.

“With all the years I have as a manager, I know only one way to select players which is performance.

“Perform and you play, it is as simple as that.

“Now some of the boys can really compete for the positions because when they are on the pitch, they can show how good they are,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference.

Mourinho has rested Red Devils captain, Wayne Rooney, saying he had played every game since the start of the season.