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

"Zlatan and Marcos have been out for a long time and it's great to have them back". The midfielder is yet to play a single minute in the Premier League this season due to a reported mysterious illness and will also be unavailable to face Basel.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho met the media a couple hours ago to preview his side's UEFA Champions League clash at FC Basel tomorrow night, and we have video of the entire session, via YouTube, posted for you below.

Mourinho told a press conference at St Jakob-Park on Tuesday: "I think it's a conversation between doctors". "Because he needs to play and because he's useful for us".

"If we are in a winning position, like we were against Newcastle", the coach stated. "We need him on the pitch, because he keeps the ball, he keeps possession". He drops into areas where he gives stability to the team. 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.

According to the manager, Mkhitaryan didn't play against Newcastle because they had lots of options for that match and he chose to play Rashford and Martial together. He's not in condition to start.

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Mourinho heads to the continent with some weaknesses.

United have opted for Sergio Romero in goal, with Chris Smalling and Marco Rojo joined in defence by Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind.

"I say in a selfish perspective but is not a real perspective", Mourinho added of Smalling's hopes of securing a World Cup squad berth.

"Last year, we won three titles having the majority of possession in most of the games and creating more [goalscoring] chances than our opponents". I just wish (him) well and want him to be successful.

The Red Devils took the decision to move in a different direction last summer as they showed Louis van Gaal to the door and passed their managerial baton to a proven performer.

  • Lawrence Cooper