After the two week international break Jose met with the assembled press, ahead of United’s game with Newcastle. The major news is that Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all back in the squad.
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Pogba, Rojo and Zlatan to return
“The players that stayed here recovering from injuries, even the ones that are recovering from big injuries, they are ready to play. Paul, now I can speak because he’s back, I don’t like to speak while he was injured, but you can clearly see Manchester United this season before Paul’s injury and after Paul’s injury. There are qualities in our football, there are qualities that influence our approach in matches with Pogba and without Pogba – it’s as simple as that. Marcos [Rojo] was a very [big miss for us] too, a big surgery, he played already with the young boys last Wednesday and he’s fine, he’s confident, he’s also ready. Zlatan made a full recovery. But you cannot expect him to be ready to play 90 minutes or to be ready to play consecutive matches. Now he needs time to be back to his level, his fitness, his confidence, his sharpness, his everything. But from the clinical point of view, for him to be good and ready is fantastic.”
Ibra and Lukaku together?
“They are good players, they can play together. The problem is when the players aren’t good, but with good players, it’s easy [for them] to play together.”
On Benitez and Newcastle
I know the way Newcastle play, I know the way Benitez prepares his team, I know that it’s going to be difficult but we have to try to get back to the points that we need. I respect him as both a person and as a professional. He is with me in one privilege on the list of the few managers in Europe that won the Champions League and the Europa League, so we are side to side in that little group and I have immense respect for him,” the boss said. “So, I am more than happy to see him and to salute him, and then to play one more match because at the end of the day, it’s just one more match.”
Now watch the press conference below,
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