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EPL: Mourinho Aims Dig at Journalist; Confirms Lingard & Sanchez Fitness
Jose Mourinho has confirmed Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard are back and fit to return for Manchester United EPL match against Bournemouth– while also taking a swipe at a journalist who allegedly leaked his team for recent matches.
Sanchez came from the bench against Chelsea and has missed United’s last two matches with a groin injury while Lingard hasn’t featured since the Carabao Cup defeat to Derby County in September with a similar problem.
However, both players have taken part in full training this week and are in contention for Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth.
The game the Vitality Stadium has come too soon, though, for Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia and Diogo Dalot as United aim to secure back-to-back victories for the first time since they beat Watford and Young Boys in mid-September.
“Ask Samuel,” was Mourinho’s response when asked to give his team news at Friday’s press conference, in reference to Manchester Evening News journalist Samuel Luckhurst, who correctly reported that Romelu Lukaku would be dropped for Sunday’s win over Everton.
“We work tactically, we improve some fitness levels,” he continued. “We improve some of the players that were almost there but not there – Lingard, Alexis – these kind of players, that were already available but not yet at a good level.
“Dalot and Fellaini are still out. The only one that went one step behind was Antonio Valencia with some problem in his knee. But Lingard and Alexis, now I can say ‘ready.’”