Sanchez faces long time on sidelines -Mourinho

Sanchez faces long time on sidelines -Mourinho

"Also from the top of my experience, just the painful scream and the way the injury happened I know it's going to be for a long time".

"It's not a little muscular injury that in one week or 10 days, the player is ready".

Mourinho also addressed why Sanchez was left out of his squad for last Tuesday's Champions League game against Young Boys, as he insisted it was a purely tactical selection.

"It is an aggressive muscular injury", Mourinho said at Friday's press conference.

"(There have been) no scans yet, but the player is experienced, the player knows what the injury is", Mourinho said.

"For me and Alexis Sanchez, the grade is different to the one that Lindelof (expected to miss three weeks due to a thigh strain suffered against Crystal Palace last weekend) has and that was not easy". "For me, it's January".

The Chilean has struggled at Old Trafford since moving there from Arsenal in January and he will not feature for the rest of 2018.

Manchester United's stars arrived at Carrington for training on Friday ahead of facing Southampton - with one notable exception.

United head to Southampton on Saturday seventh in the table, 14 points off the top and seven points adrift of the top four.

Jose Mourinho celebrated Manchester United's winning goal by attacking water bottles

Mourinho said after the win: "Can myself or another manager have a reaction or frustration?"

"We can now just focus on the Premier League and we need points".

"We want to be smelling these positions".

'So we are going to have a very hard match against a team that I know are not going to have any problems; the team, the squad is good, the club is very well organised for many years, they are not going to stay in that part of the table for a long time, so it is a hard match for us'.

Mourinho also offered up another encouraging update on the future of United keeper David de Gea, after the club activated the one-year option they had in his contract that ties him to the club until 2020.

The Spaniard's deal was set to run out at the end of this season and he would have been able to enter into a pre-contract agreement with another club from 1 January.

"Board want him to stay".

'I think now he's getting [the credit], I think until I came probably no but I think now everyone gives him what he deserves. "My feeling is that it will finish well".

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