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Mourinho tells United to follow Federer's lead amid Young Boys pitch concerns

19 September, 2018, 22:15 | Author: Drew Briggs
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The 20-year-old missed the victory over Watford on Saturday due to suspension but is due to return to the side in midweek when United face Swiss champions Young Boys in the Champions League.

United will play at the Stade de Suisse on a synthetic 3G pitch and Mourinho insisted it isn't worth taking the risk.

"We need to protect his clinical situation", Mourinho said.

"So we brought [Luke] Shaw back into the squad, I told already he is playing tomorrow, and we have Diogo, [Ashley] Young and [Matteo] Darmian ready to play".

"I don't want to use that, especially before the match, as a possible excuse for a not good performance", he continued.

"I am really happy to play for this club, one of best clubs in world, so for me it's really good to be part of this club". Everyone knows he has a favourite surface, but he has to win on the surfaces he is not in love with. "Apart from that, we go with everything we can, and we have to try to win".

Man Utd have had a mixed start to the new campaign as they recovered from consecutive defeats to Brighton and Tottenham by picking up vital away wins at Burnley and Watford in recent weeks so Mourinho will be hoping to build some momentum.

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"He (Shaw) has a chance to play, of course he has", said Mourinho.

Romelu Lukaku, who scored five times against Young Boys during his time at Everton, will look to continue his impressive start to the season as he prepares to lead the attack line for Jose Mourinho's men with help from Rashford and Alexis Sanchez.

Young Boys will make history on Wednesday night when they compete in the Champions League group stages for the first time.

"If I am sitting there as Marcus Rashford and someone says to me, 'Do you think your manager believes in you as his main, best striker and that he will build his team around you?' I would say, 'No". Fellaini may be limited but he seems to be one of the few players who knows his role under Mourinho.

"Right now, learning the game off the left hand side is flawless with Romelu Lukaku as the focal point and just playing off him suits Rashford".

"Having the flexibility to play multiple positions is an asset and Rashford can play off the left, off the right, probably even as a number 10 and definitely as a number nine".

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