Mourinho: Why This Man Utd Star Hasn't Played This Season

You know, that's life at big clubs.

Discussing the lack of playing time for the likes of Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera so far, Mourinho assured them their time would come and that they are simply behind two exceptionally in-form players at the moment.

We gave him a contract because we think he is a good player, an important player.

"Sergio Romero played the Europa League final (against Ajax in May), which was the game of the season for us and he is not playing", the United boss said.

"He gave us the stability that we were losing a little bit and then was only possible, in my view, 1-0 or 2-0, I never thought in the last 15 or 20 minutes it could be 1-1". With the long term future of Marouane Fellaini not finalized, it's another contract that Mourinho would like to see sign, sealed and delivered much sooner rather than later.

"He's in a team with these two guys playing absolutely phenomenal so for Carrick and for Ander, it's just patience".

Michael Carrick has been deprived of game-time but still has a role to play at Manchester United, says boss Jose Mourinho. Their time will arrive and they're going to be important players for sure. That's the team, that's the squad.

"Our squad is good but we don't have 30 players, we have what we have and a couple of injuries now with (Paul) Pogba and (Axel) Tuanzebe, so we need some of the players that played today to play and we need some to be on the bench".

Matic has won the club's Man of the Match award twice already this season for his dominant displays against West Ham United and Everton, while Fellaini has scored twice as a substitute against Leicester City and FC Basel and claimed the prize for star player in the UEFA Champions League success over the Swiss champions.

Herrera could start Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie at home to Championship side Burton Albion but it is the private chat he has held with his manager that has now put his mind at complete rest. Tickets are still available for all supporters - see manutd.com/tickets for details.

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