Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has highlighted that the international break is a crucial period for the first-team players, who are recovering from their respective injuries.
Speaking to MUTV, Mourinho feels the two-week break could help the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic work towards their fitness ahead of a jam-packed schedule.
“They have to work every day but they are in a good position 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.” he said. Pogba and Rojo are expected to be available this November.
Marouane Fellaini came on from the bench during the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday and Mourinho later reserved praise for the Belgian, who made himself available as soon as he recovered from his knee sprain.
Pogba also returned to full training with United over the past week, and he looks likely to make the matchday squad when his side host Newcastle United, a week on Saturday.
Rojo and Ibrahimovic are the long-term absentees from last season, but Mourinho’s latest comments suggest that the pair could make their first-team bow in some capacity during the festive period.