Manchester United-coach Jose Mourinho hopes his attacker Romelu Lukaku ready to play for the stadsderby from Sunday against Manchester City, on the twelfth match day of the Premier League.
The striker was last week not selected by Mourinho for the game against Bournemouth and the Champions League match against Juventus. “There is a chance – the competition is over two days – that Romelu ready-to-hit”, said Mourinho on Friday at the press conference. Friday afternoon was the Belgian topschutter of all time is already included in the 25-strong selection of Roberto Martinez for the Nations League-two against Iceland and Switzerland. Also the coach is waiting, however, have the weekend off to see if his attacker can count. “Not until Monday, we take issue a final decision.”
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Lukaku preys on speelminuten at United, where he has been since september 15, without goals. On the other side, and also shared the City in the blessurelast, because Pep Guardiola should make Kevin De Bruyne miss out, while there is behind the names of Nicolas Otamendi et Ilkay Gundogan are question marks. The derby, however, falls early in the season, and alarmed the Citizens, not too many. “The derby means a lot to the supporters and is always special, but it is still only november. The duel in the second half at Old Trafford is perhaps more important”, well-known Guardiola, who with leader, City 29 points sprokkelde from 11 games, nine points more than the stadsrivalen, which do not get further than the seventh place.
United took this season in the Premier League for eighteen tegentreffers, too much for a club that is the upper echelons of the league as ambition. Character, however, no shortage, because all four times were in the Premier League after a gap still points gathered. Also Wednesday in the Champions League visit to Juventus was in the final stage, a 1-0 deficit is still bent in a 1-2 victory. “We have a team that never gives up. We fight back,” said Mourinho. “But if we are still often left behind, there will be a day come that we can no longer undo. So, on to the matches with the right mentality from minute one to start. I note, however, that the team has matured.”