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Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Manchester United's predicted XI to face Swansea

Manchester United's predicted XI to face Swansea

Fellaini had actually done Mourinho a favour, creating a controversy which provided cover for the underlying reason why the Manchester derby made United few friends: their utter lack of ambition. Fellaini is facing a three-game ban.

The clash against the Swans is their first league game at home, since their 2-0 victory over Chelsea. "The group was a nice group".

The Belgium global is set for a three-match suspension, while Mourinho confirmed Paul Pogba would not return from a hamstring injury until next week's Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo.

The arduous season, which has also seen United reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and win the League Cup, has taken its toll on the team physically.

It will certainly be a big test for Tuanzebe if he plays ahead of Blind, and Herrera and Carrick will need to ensure they give the back four as much protection as they can.

"Yes, he's an option", he said at his news conference following the 0-0 draw.

Although he played regularly in midfield under Mourinho's predecessor, Louis van Gaal, he has not done so since.

"Sometimes there is this dilemma, keep the bigger squad but the players don't want to stay..."

In the end Fellaini's red may almost have done Mourinho a favour
In the end Fellaini's red may almost have done Mourinho a favour

On Thursday night, as Mourinho surveyed what was left of his squad, he was forced to concede that Rooney could play in midfield this weekend. In my career I had one in 17 years... one cruciate in 17 years. Against Anderlecht I had two, in one match.

Mourinho said Pogba could return from injury against Celta, and that Mata was making good progress after groin surgery.

However both have a game in hand on third-placed Liverpool who are just two points clear of United.

Next year we are going to expect more and I hope United are going to attack a little bit more.

No ground has staged more draws in the Premier League this season than the nine at Old Trafford. That many more miles in players' legs.

"So you can say that is an unfair fight, but we are going for [the top four]". The guys have an awesome spirit. I have a lot of respect for United, but if you see the two sides, the better one was the blue one.

'We have to be happy, we did everything we could to win the game'.

And Mourinho believes United's strong second half of the season bodes well for next season. They know now we are hard to play and they tried to do their best to defend and use the counter-attack.

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