Jose Mourinho is considering a growing injury crisis while United's boss is going for an evening walk through Manchester
- Jose Mourinho went out to dinner in the center of the city on Thursday evening
- The Manchester United boss can be without nine first players this weekend
- Struggling United visits Liverpool Premier League leaders on Sunday
Chris Wheeler for MailOnline
Jose Mourinho relies on his Manchester United players to put their body on the line, so he is not without nine of them for Sunday's visit to the bitter rivals Liverpool.
The boss of the United States pondered the injury crisis when he went out for a dinner in the city center while he was getting ready for this weekend's confrontation with Anfield.
Despite the plans to make changes to the draw of the Champions League in Valencia, Mourinho insisted after a 2-1 defeat that some of them were forced by an injury.
Jose Mourinho was worried about an injury crisis when he went to Manchester
Together with an employee, Manchester United's boss went to a restaurant in the city center
Marcos Rojo left halfway in the Mestalla and is already excluded from the trip to Anfield together with Alexis Sanchez and Victor Lindelof.
But Mourinho, who has in the past raised doubts about the character and courage of his players, is hopeful that a number of others will make themselves available to defeat the leaders of the Premier League.
Chris Smalling is expected to have confidence that last week he and Arsenal and Fulham have been confronted with an analgesic injection for a broken leg in his left foot.
Luke Shaw tweaked a nerve in his back in the build-up of the Fulham game and was unable to take a seat on the bench but could return to the squad after missing United's trip to Spain as a precaution.
The ongoing groin problem of Anthony Martial is guarded amid the fear that it would develop into a hernia.
The Frenchman missed the matches against Fulham and Valencia because he can not play more than one game a week, but Mourinho will want his offensive threat against Liverpool if it is possible.
The boss of the United Nations returned to his Lowry Hotel earlier in the evening before going outside
Scott McTominay was withdrawn from the squad to play Valencia after being knocked out in the training and Mourinho revealed that he also has injuries over full-backs Diogo Dalot and Matteo Darmian.
It would not be surprising if Mourinho exaggerated his problems to avoid further criticism for sending a weakened team against Valencia.
United failed to take advantage of the shock-defeat of Juventus for Young Boys and took first place in Group H, in the last 16 chance of a more favorable draw failed.
Of course, Mourinho could also try to trick Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp with a small kidology in the run-up to the Anfield clash.
Last week, the Portuguese coach claimed that he only had a defensive injury-crisis for the game against Arsenal to start the game with five defenders on the field and Valencia on the bench.
Anthony Martial could be one of the nine players of the first team who are out of the game for the trip to Liverpool
Chris Smalling is expected to trust that he plays after he has undergone an analgesic injection
Mourinho plans to give an update of his team news on Friday, although he wants Klopp to guess as late as possible until Sunday.
United went to Anfield because of the defeat in the Mestalla after the two encouraging gigs against Arsenal and Fulham.
We are disappointed because it is apparently more painful to know that Juventus is lost and if we had won, we would have finished first in the group & # 39 ;, said Juan María, the midfielder.
& # 39; In general, we have qualified and that was the most important thing. But we would have liked to be the first in the group.
We have to wait and see who we play with and we must believe that we can beat anyone who is.
Defender Marcos Rojo was forced out during the break of the midweek defeat in Valencia
& # 39; It becomes a difficult team because the qualified teams are very good.
& # 39; But we are Manchester United. It does not matter whether we play good or bad, we must always continue to believe and respect this club and the history and belief that everyone who belongs to United.
& # 39; It is a very busy month and we have very important matches, especially on Sunday, but I do not think that is an excuse.
& # 39; As a football player you focus on the game you play and try to give you the best. We were already qualified, but it was still a Champions League game against a good team.
& # 39; I know it's hard, but we have to go ahead and especially with what we have on Sunday, we have to be ready for that. & # 39;