José Mourinho has confirmed that Marcus Rashford is fit and available to face Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday. The Manchester United striker was withdrawn during the second half of Wednesday’s narrow win over Benfica, after scoring a fortuitous winner. Rashford appeared to be struggling when he came off, but Mourinho expects him to be involved tomorrow. Unfortunately, none of United’s other injured stars are expected back.
“Nobody else is coming back. We have the same players as we had for the Benfica match.”
So no Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, or Eric Bailly. Specifically on talisman Paul Pogba, Mourinho had nothing new to report.
“Paul is not here, I don't know when he comes back. I don't know when he's available. I have no idea about it.”
Meanwhile, there is at least more encouraging news on the progress of Zlatan Ibrahimović, even if his return is still some time away. Mourinho expects the striker to be available for selection before the end of the year, which would put him in line for possible action during the busy festive season.
“Zlatan is here. He's working here and under our control. He's working as you would expect - so, so, so hard. But he's not going to be back in the next week or the next couple of weeks. Let him take his time and be back when everybody feels is the right moment. Do I believe he'll be back in 2017? Yes, I do. But it's just a feeling.”