Manchester United maanger Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chris Smalling and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are fit to face Leicester City in Sunday’s Community Shield fixture at Wembley.
The centre-half Smalling and centre-back cum defensive midfielder Fosu-Mensah were both snapped with the senior squad at the Aon Training Complex, today morning, after missing out the pre-season matches against Galatasaray and Everton.
Though Smalling was not at the best of his elements in the FA Cup final, the English-man is a vital cog in the wheel for United, as even in the pre-season games, he and a decent right-back were utterly missed. Fosu-Mensah has also donned full ground now.
“They are fine now,” Mourinho told MUTV. “They have recovered and they are training with the group as normal, so they are fine. Everybody needs minutes – that is the reality. We had so little time to play and Smalling is a player who has not even played one minute, but it is a little bit the same for everyone.”
Putting more light on the players’ attitude and approach in training, Mourinho said: “The reality is that they are working magnificently well, they are working really hard and I am really confident for the season because of the attitude they have. Of course we need time but in training they use every minute they have on the pitch to try to improve and adapt to new ideas. I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Though the ”Special one” does not have any more significant injury in his squad, the manager seems to get a bit of crack on his forehead in a bid to improve the match fitness of his players, who joined late in training, owing to their international commitments this summer, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Matteo Darmian, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial, who joined first team training in the last week of July.
“One thing is to start five weeks ago like some of them and another thing is to start one week ago, it is completely different. But with the way we work we try to bring them on as fast as we can. I won’t say to top form but to a level where they are ready to compete,” United manager explained.
“That is the reality of modern football, especially when you are a team with a lot of players that go to the Euros and the Copa America. They come later, they don’t have enough holiday and we have to make them ready for the competition in a short period of time.”
“It is hard but this is what we have and complaining or crying is not the way to do it. The way to do is to work hard, like they are doing all the time.”