Jose's plans for the break
Jose Mourinho believes the international break will be a key period for a number of his injured Manchester United players to work towards regaining full fitness.
The Reds have been without Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, who have all been sidelined for a number of weeks.
Fellaini had a positive impact on his return to action as a substitute against Chelsea on Sunday, with Mourinho Praising The Belgian Afterwards for making himself available for selection, having only trained with the team the day before the game.
The boss is hopeful the players can use the next two weeks before our next game, against Newcastle United in the Premier League at Old Trafford, on Saturday 18 November to continue to work on the training ground to edge closer to a comeback.
“We have the group of players which are the ones that we hope will recover as soon as possible,” Mourinho told MUTV after the defeat at stamford bridge. “They have to work every day but they are in a good position's now. Pogba, Ibra, Rojo, Fellaini. They are in good positions so I think we can go into this part of the season, the Christmas period, and after, in a strong position.”
A number of Reds have now flown off to play for their countries during the final international break until March, with the pick of the games involving United players seeing Matteo Darmian's Italy and Victor Lindelof's Sweden battle for a place at the 2018 World Cup - but Mourinho plans to give those players who haven't been called up a well-earned rest.
He added: “The international break means the majority of the players fly now from London to their countries. They all disappear and then we have a couple who aren’t selected for their national team, like [Chris] Smalling and [Ander] Herrera and they really deserve, after so many matches, to have a week off which I’m going to give them.”