Monday , June 27 2022

US trio Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian engage before Young Boys


Jose Mourinho's fears for Victor Lindelof seem to have been made after Manchester United defender missed the preparation before the Champions League clashes with Young Boys on Tuesday.

Lindelof straightened his bust in the last few draws of Saturday's draw with Crystal Palace and was in discomfort when he left the field.

Mourinho suggested that Swedish time was confronted, even before United's doctors had evaluated him – but he could not give any clue as to how long he would be out.

His expected shortcoming against Young Boys will mean that United is forced to discover what Mourinho believes to be the strongest central defense partnership, being encouraged by the growing understanding between Lindelof and Chris Smalling in recent weeks.

Phil Jones or Eric Bailly are expected to come and Marcos Rojo is absent from Monday afternoon training.

Matteo Darmian was another absent when he started his first game against Palace from the opening of the United season with Leicester.

Luke Shaw will be back for United after the Saturday game disappears due to suspension – but it remains to be seen if Mourinho faces his menacing threat of star players after accusing them of having no heart and desire for the party Roy Hodgson.

United can secure qualifying at the knock-out stages with a victory if Valencia fails to beat Juventus in Turin.

Mourinho has only won three of his nine home games in all of the season's competitions, but Young Boys coach Gerardo Seoane insists that Old Trafford remains a daunting view for visiting teams.

"I think this record is just something that is unusual," he said. "I think Manchester United is strong at home, and they want to show the crowd that they are strong at home.

"This stadium has a great tradition: Manchester United are always the Red Devils at home, we are expecting a very difficult game, and I expect Manchester United to be confident."

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