Saturday , October 1 2022

Football: Manchester United trained again in derby


(Reuters) – Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku returned to training ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby after losing his muscular injury in the last two games of his player, said manager Jose Mourinho on Friday.

Lukaku, who scored four goals this season for United, missed a 2-1 victory in Juventus in the Champions League, as well as last weekend's win in the Premier League of 2-1 in Bournemouth.

The Belgian international will return to the team when he visits local rivals Manchester City if he comes through training without incident.

"Lukaku is training with the team this morning," Mourinho told a news conference. "If the answer is positive – and tomorrow we have another session – he is ready."

The championship defense City has two points at the top of the league and nine in the seventh place of United, who won last year's 3-2 victory.

Mourinho, however, does not want to stay at a distance between the teams, he rather likes to watch the game as a means to continue the positive moment of his side.

"If we draw (I) nine (points) and if we lose, there are 12," he said. "I do not think that's the way to watch the game. It's hard enough to be an isolated event.

"If you want to put the game in a context where we are and where we can, it becomes even more difficult."

One thing that the manager satisfies is his team's willingness to fight to the end.

United's ability to withdraw late goals under former manager Alec Ferguson is one of their most powerful weapons, an ability they have failed to portray with any kind of regularity since Scott retired.

It looks like Mourinho's side was rediscovered by this man in the last games, scored a victory against Bournemouth's injury and captured his own goal in Juventus in Turin. However, they are also used to go to the matches.

"We are not a quitting team," Mourinho said. "We are a team that always finds a way to fight … (but) if we continue to accept goals before the opponent arrives on the day we can not return, we have to make sure that we grow up."

Keeping the Citi attack in the bay will be the most difficult test Mourinho's defense has faced this season. League leaders scored six goals in each of their last two matches.

(Reporting to Simon Jennings and Bengaluru; Editing by Tobi Davis)

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