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Mourinho won’t make excuses as Manchester United’s absentees mount

Manchester United will have another sizeable absentee to worry about when they next start a Premier League game. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic a third into his three-game domestic ban after an altercation with Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings, Ander Herrera will join him in missing Sunday’s trip to Middlesbrough after the Spaniard was sent off in Monday night’s FA Cup quarter final tie with Chelsea.

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Herrera, who picked up two bookings in the first half at Stamford Bridge will be available for the second leg of United’s Europa League last 16 tie with FC Rostov on Thursday, but doubts remain over the fitness of Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney, who both missed the trip to London. United manager Jose Mourinho won’t make excuses for players missing from his squad, however.

In quotes carried by, the manager said:

“We don’t cry. Nobody saw us crying this week because we don’t have Zlatan, because we don’t have this, we don’t have that, nobody had one single word from us crying about it. We have a very important match on Thursday and I want to rest a little bit to try to prepare the team as best we can. That’s the most important thing now.”

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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

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