Ander Herrera Omitted for Tactical, Not Fitness Reasons Confirms Mourinho

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Victor Lindelof is confident he is settling in at Manchester United after finally making his Old Trafford debut on Tuesday in the 3-0 win over Basel.

Mourinho did, however, laud the return of Belgium global Marouane Fellaini, who came on for the injured Paul Pogba in the first half and scored the opening goal of the clash. "We are playing only with two midfield players, with Matic and Pogba, which are playing really well and without reason to change".

Mourinho rested key players in Premier League matches towards the end of last season in order to save them for Europe, which he believed offered their best chance of Champions League qualification.

An injury to Paul Pogba aside, United could scarcely have asked for a more straightforward reintroduction to a tournament they have won three times.

"I just know from experience it's a muscular injury", the former Chelsea boss added.

"I played my own game and did what I was told to do on the pitch".

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"The next match you can have another surprise of some player that you think is going to play and is not going to play. So if no Paul for Sunday, we have [Ander] Herrera, we have [Michael] Carrick, we have Fellaini and we have [Nemanja] Matic".

"I saw a team that was alive, that was suffering and fighting together until the 90th minute".

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been struggling lately with a calf problem, and Mourinho appeared to express irritation with Belgium manager Roberto Martinez for fielding him in the recent World Cup qualifying win over Greece despite the injury. And in February, when us English teams are trying to survive after the winter period, they are fresh and ready after these warm-ups.

The Old Trafford side has a busy September ahead of them as face the likes of Everton, Burton Albion, Southampton, CSKA Moscow and Crystal Palace.

"I think they can get even stronger in the Champions League".

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