Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Man Utd boss Mourinho hints at Rashford start against Young Boys

Man Utd boss Mourinho hints at Rashford start against Young Boys

Manchester United travel to the Swiss capital of Bern to play Young Boys in their first Champions League game of the season on Wednesday.

"They have the quality, speed and technique to play on this pitch".

Mourinho has let his feelings known about such surfaces to UEFA but was keen to stress that it should not be an excuse, instead pointing to one of Switzerland's favourite sons Federer's versatility as inspiration.

"We can't change the pitch", Young Boys manager Gerardo Seoane told a news conference on Tuesday.

"Everybody knows he has a favourite surface, but he has also to win on other surfaces".

"Valencia's the only one that demanded from us, his situation, we need to protect his clinical situation. Apart from that, we go with everything we can, and we have to try to win".

United players kicked and jumped on the pitch before training on the eve of the game, with coach Michael Carrick instructing them to "get a feel for the pitch" with balls once the warm-up was completed.

Manchester United will be without the services of defenders Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo for the game, while captain Antonio Valencia has not travelled with the squad, due to concerns over his knee problem.

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The hole he leaves is very big but it has been covered by other players with a lot of ambition and we have a great squad to compete.

David De Gea is likely to start on Wednesday night and the Spaniard is hoping to end a disappointing run in the Champions League that has seen United reach just one quarterfinal in the last seven years.

"I think it's very premature to talk about our chances when we have not played the first match". "Of course he has".

"We have to be happy with the ones playing and not critical about the ones that aren't".

Full back Antonio Valencia, who is suffering from a persistent knee complaint, has been left in Manchester, with Luke Shaw set to start in his place.

The club's "Player of the Month" for August would have been devastated to miss out on the trip to Watford on Saturday after picking up a concussion the week before.

Mourinho accused certain pundits and reporters of being "compulsive liars" in response to criticism of his handling of Rashford, pointing out that the 20-year-old featured 52 times for the Red Devils in all competitions last season.

Mourinho said of the Young Boys match: "He's selected for the game".

"We have Lukaku, Rashford, Mata, Alexis, Martial - they all can not play together, so try to be a little bit happy for the ones that are playing and not be critical of the ones that are not".

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