Charlie Nicholas was on Sky Sports as a pundit and has had his say on the recent mind-games that Jose Mourinho has been playing with his fellow managers.
"That's why we controlled the game because we defended properly". "So if he was at that stage today, on Saturday I think he will be in a condition to play".
Mourinho instructed his players to put pressure on the stopper, who only turned 18 in August, from set pieces in the hope that he would make an error which might prove so very crucial. It is to give confidence to the players that are available. Other managers cry and cry and cry when some player is injured.
Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are automatic absentees as they are sidelined with injuries.
Feted for winning trophies with style and panache, Manchester United fans might have to get used to Jose Mourinho's preferred safety-first strategy if Wednesday's dour 1-0 Champions League win over Benfica is anything to go by.
"I brought Scott McTominay who is the same age as Benfica's kids, but the Premier League is a different story".
"Without any pressure, we knew the goal would arrive", Mourinho said after the Benfica game which was settled by a awful error by the Portuguese side's 18-year-old keeper.
Manchester United is undefeated in the last ten Premier League games, keeping nine clean sheets in the process. "We are not bad", he said.
He could be about to add to the injury list at Old Trafford though as he limped off with a knee problem in the second half.
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford must look to step up to the next level after making an impressive start to his career, former player Ryan Giggs has said.
"This is football and I know he is a great goalkeeper and I wish him well for the future".