Manchester United will be without Marouane Fellaini for a couple of weeks after he sustained a knee injury on international duty with Belgium. The 29-year-old was substituted midway through the first half against Bosnia & Herzegovina after he felt discomfort in his left knee.
Belgian boss Roberto Martinez initially indicated that the midfielder may have suffered ligament damage, but the country’s FA have now confirmed that the injury was not as bad as initially expected.
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United are already without Paul Pogba for an extended period with a hamstring injury, and Mourinho will be relieved that Fellaini has not joined the long-term casualty list.
In his absence, Ander Herrera is expected to partner Nemanja Matic in central midfield, starting from Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off versus Liverpool from Anfield.
Club-captain Michael Carrick has also been recently sidelined with an unknown injury and this sees United in a potential midfield crisis with just two senior players fit.
United are currently positioned second in the Premier League standings with 19 points – just behind cross-city rivals Manchester City on goal difference.
Mourinho’s men host Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in the next 30 days and positive results versus the trio will strengthen United’s title prospects.