Manchester United will be looking at getting back to winnings ways when they face Liverpool at Anfield after the international break.
Mourinho’s men conceded a late equaliser at home to Stoke City last time out leaving the club sitting five points off leaders Manchester City at the top of the premier league table.
Following the draw against the potters Mourinho, is widely anticipated to make changes to his starting eleven against Liverpool and with Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Michael Carrick all pushing for a place in the side we take a look at three players who may be dropped by the Portuguese.
Jesse Lingards mixed start to the new campaign has led to the majority of the United faithful calling for Anthony Martial to start in place of Lingard out on the left hand side. Martial offers United far more attacking threat going forward than Lingard and his impressive cameo against Stoke may have been enough to win him a place back in the starting line-up against Liverpool.
At left-back Luke Shaw may make to make a return to the starting eleven with Daley Blind expected to move across the back four to play alongside Eric Bailly at the heart of United’s defence leaving Chris Smalling out of the side and on the substitutes bench. Smalling has featured in each of United’s last three league games but does not possess the same qualities as Daley Blind and Luke Shaw. Blind’s excellent start to the new campaign combined with the return of Luke Shaw makes his removal from the eleven a harsh decision but ultimately the right one.
Ander Herrera has arguably been the clubs standout performer of late but it won’t be enough to keep him in Mourinho’s starting eleven against Liverpool. The Portuguese will need a defensive midfielder which can maintain possession, protect the back four and do the dirty work and in Herrera he just isn’t that type of footballer. His main instinct is to go forward and should United leave themselves open in the middle of the park they will be punished by Liverpool. His replacement in the side is likely to be Michael Carrick. The midfielder may be heading towards the latter stages of his footballing career but he remains a key asset for Mourinho and one which he may use to his advantage against Liverpool at Anfield.