Midfielder Marouane Fellaini underwent surgery in the hopes of repairing a knee injury he suffered Wednesday night in the loss at Tottenham Hotspur. Try to play the best we can and improve the players individually the best we can and be the best possible team at the end of the season.
In an interview with MUTV at the Aon Training Complex earlier this afternoon, the manager identified Fellaini as the only new injury concern following the Spurs match, and said he feels "sorry" for the Belgian global. The 30-year-old's contract expires this summer and he rejected a new deal in November. "Unlucky for him and unlucky for me. Two, three, four or five, I can not say at the moment", Mourinho revealed.
The United boss said the Belgium worldwide - who will hope to regain match fitness ahead of the World Cup - should "sign the contract and shut up", with Arsenal, Besiktas and Paris Saint-Germain among the clubs linked with the 30-year-old.
However, Mourinho had more positive news on the latter pair, suggesting that they could return later this month. "I don't know [if he will sign an extension]".
It's being reported that Fellaini wants a huge pay rise worth £120,000-per-week to stay at Old Trafford which, naturally, has sparked outrage amongst fans.
"It is not an ACL, a complete rupture of any structure of the knee", Mourinho added, "but we need him".
Talking about Fellaini's injury, Mourinho said: "It's not an anterior cruciate ligament".
"But we need him and the Champions League is arriving and there are lots of tough matches to play. It is open for second, third, fourth but practically closed for the first", Mourinho said.
"Then we must try to start next season in a good way, like we did this season, but try to be consistent and try not to lose points like we did this season in some matches where we shouldn't".