Mourinho Confirms Duo Will Start But Two Other Key Men Ruled Out

Manchester City v SSC Napoli- UEFA Champions League

Manchester City v SSC Napoli- UEFA Champions League

However, they are eight points behind table-topping City in the Premier League table so Mourinho will not take any chances with Ibrahimovic.

"It means a lot to everyone. but you've got to play with your heads and if you're going to go blow-for-blow with Manchester City with attractive football, then I think you're going to come unstuck".

"He needs sometimes very hard work on the area that supports the knee that had the problem", Mourinho explained.

"He was on this cycle of work, divided between the gym and the pitch".

Mourinho also told that he'll make some changes to his starting eleven with Sergio Romero set for a start in goal with David De Gea given a well-earned rest following his superb performance at the Emirates.

Shaw, 22, has only made two appearances for the Red Devils this season, both coming in the EFL Cup, and the left-back is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the January transfer window.

Jose Mourinho promised changes to the Manchester United team this week but Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be one of them.

Asked if Luke Shaw might feature, the boss said: "He's working to have an opportunity and sooner or later, the opportunity will arrive".

"Selected tomorrow - for sure. Whether he starts or be on the bench I can not answer", Mourinho said. The other clubs also involved in qualifying, so I need to keep certain balance in the team.

The United injury list contains Nemanja Matic, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly.

Paul Pogba has avoided an additional suspension following his red card against Arsenal but will serve a three-game ban that rules him out of the Manchester derby.

But Mourinho says it is all part of the plan around the centre-forward's recovery.

"It's the match that matters". "Since he was back from injury he's been phenomenal".

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