Jose Mourinho explains team selection for Champions League clash

Ibrahimovic Man Utd chasing Premier Champions League titles

Ibrahimovic Man Utd chasing Premier Champions League titles

CSKA now trail United by three points and, while they travel to Old Trafford in the last game of the group, the Russian side would need a miracle to overtake Mourinho's men. For many weeks, the questions was - why do they not play together?

There happens to be a healthy competition at the club for his position and now that Mourinho has a fit squad - apart from Phil Jones and Eric Bailly - Mkhitaryan faces a potential threat to his regular spot.

He does not yet share team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic's cult status, but Paul Pogba's display on his comeback from injury showed his importance to Manchester United is second to none.

"It's a bit frustrating for me, the fact that there is always a question about some player who is not playing or in the best of his form", the United boss said. "We play Brighton in two days I need to give some players a rest and I need to give some players a chance".

"The story is always the thing".

The Armenia star had been ever-present in the Premier League until the visit of Rafa Benitez's men to Old Trafford, a game for which he did not even make the matchday squad. Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera are the preffered choices for the centre of the park, alongside Pogba.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes cheeky pop at Paul Pogba in post-match interview
You could feel the tension lifting inside an Old Trafford not short of angst in recent weeks. United's next Premier League game is against Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

"Jones does not play tomorrow and I can say in advance he doesn't play the weekend too".

"Pogba's such a huge player in terms of creativity".

"We know its going to be hard but we have lots of matches to play". Romelu Lukaku needed someone to create for him, Pogba was doing it but Mkhitaryan wasn't.

"The answer is very simple - until the global board change the rules, I can only start with 11!"

"We were not informed, apart from that I don't have to speak with Southgate, I just wish [for the] good and want him to be successful".

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