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Man United name Pogba, Bailly, Smalling AND Jones in squad for Celta Vigo clash

Date Posted,May 2, 2017

Manchester United have named FOUR key players in the squad for the clash with Celta Vigo after injury.

Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all trained on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League semi-final first leg.

And Jose Mourinho has been able to name them all in his travelling party for the clash in Spain, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Jones missed United’s nine matches in April with a broken toe inflicted by Smalling during England training in March and the latter then suffered a knee injury to rule him out for the month.

Jose Mourinho accused the pair of ‘cautiousness’ during their recoveries but Jones and Smalling are available again after Bailly suffered an ankle injury in the weekend draw with Swansea.

Jones and Smalling during training (Photo: PA Wire)
United’s players are put through their paces (Photo: REUTERS)
Pogba looks on (Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Mourinho opined on Sunday he did not think Jones and Smalling would be available to face Celta.

“I don’t think they will,” Mourinho replied when asked if the duo would be available in midweek. “That’s my personal opinion, I don’t think they will but I know that the players I choose will give everything, so it doesn’t matter if I go with Darmian central defender, if I go with Carrick or Axel, I trust the boys.”

The United manager expected Pogba to return for the European tie after missing the draws with Manchester City and Swansea last week.

United’s returning quartet leaves their injury list at just four, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo out for the remainder of the campaign with serious knee injuries.

Jose Mourinho boards the plane at Manchester Airport (Photo: Eamonn and James Clarke)
Paul Pogba boards the plane at Manchester Airport (Photo: Eamonn and James Clarke)
Eric Bailly boards the plane at Manchester Airport (Photo: Eamonn and James Clarke)
Chris Smalling boards the plane at Manchester Airport (Photo: Eamonn and James Clarke)

Timothy Fosu-Mensah suffered a shoulder injury in the dying embers of the City draw but was filmed without his arm in a sling on Wednesday.

Luke Shaw sustained an ankle injury inside the first 10 minutes against Swansea and it is unclear whether he will be available again this month.

Mourinho was reluctant to criticise his players after Sunday’s draw with Swansea over the fixture congestion in recent months.

Wayne Rooney boards the plane at Manchester Airport (Photo: Eamonn and James Clarke)
David De Gea at Manchester Airport (Photo: Eamonn and James Clarke)

“It’s a consequence of our success but it’s also of the calendar,” he said of United’s latest stalemate. “You cannot be punished because we play the League Cup final, you play the final and then you have to play the game midweek, you have to play, why you don’t stop the competition when you play the final? Why when people plays FA Cup semi-final everybody is not also, you know?

“You accumulate in relation to the people that is more successful, in the end, in relation to the FA Cup this season, you don’t punish too much the four teams in the semi-final because they are not in Europe, so in relation to the FA Cup semi-finals these teams were not very much punished.”

Mourinho will attend his pre-match press conference at 6pm.

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