Manchester United play host to relegation-threatened West Brom this weekend.
At his pre-match press conference on Friday, the Red devils boss – Jose Mourinho was asked how important it is for players to compete for a place in his starting line-up and whether he has sensed any complacency in training this week.
“I didn’t, because I was not complacent,” he said. “I was working really hard, because I tried to build motivational training sessions with new exercises, with things that could motivate them, with little tactical things that I know for the players is motivation.
“I try to raise the levels of training and I think I managed to do it, because I’m really pleased with all of the days this week.”
Meanwhile, apart from Sergio Romero who got injured during the last international break, Mourinho has a full squad to pick from for the game against the Baggies. And he explains that there is nothing he can do about leaving out some of his stars from the matchday squad of 18.
“We cannot have 11 players [in the entire squad]. It would be amazing, also economically for the football clubs to have only 11 players and to always play with the same 11, with no injuries and no suspensions and no fatigue or nothing.
“It would be better for everyone to have only 11 players, but it’s not possible, so in every club at every level from the top of the world to the amateur football clubs, you need more than 11 players and only 11 can start. It’s as simple as that – there is nothing I can do [about it].”
Mourinho added: “If I was you, I would go ask why Lukaku plays every match, why Matic plays every match.
“You always go to that one. The answer is if you want what I call dry answers, I have dry answers. And a dry answer is only 11 can start the match and we are 22.”