EPL 2016/17: Jose Mourinho confirms Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are fit to face Liverpool
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed left-back Luke Shaw and playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan are fit to face Liverpool. Premier League football returns after the international break and the Red Devils will make the short trip to Anfield to face their arch-rivals on October 17.
The England international,Shaw, last featured for the 20-time English champions during their 3-1 defeat at Watford. Mkhitaryan, who moved to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund started in only one match for the Premier League giants this season, which came against Manchester City.
The Armenian last appeared for United in his side's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Pep Guardiola's City. The duo have been on the sidelines and the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager fielded Daley Blind in the left-back position, while starting Chris Smalling alongside Eric Bailly in the heart of the back four.
Shaw's arrival will give Mourinho a selection headache for the clash against the Merseyside club. If the former Southampton star starts against the Reds, then the Portuguese tactician will have to bench Blind or move him into the centre-back position. This could force Smalling to drop to the bench.
Mourinho has visited Anfield on numerous occasions with his former clubs in the past. United's current manager has admitted that he has "always" liked playing at Anfield and explained the reasons behind it.
"I always like to play at Anfield. I've won big matches and lost big matches there, so I cannot say I like to go there as I am always successful as this is not true," said the manager during the pre-match press conference.
"I like the atmosphere and the characteristics of the matches. It is a big match that can be comparable to Inter v Milan and Real v Barcelona, maybe Porto v Benfica - this I like," he went on to add.
Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool since he replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield last October. His side's tie against their arch-rivals will see him celebrate a year with the Premier League outfit.
Liverpool have enjoyed an impressive start to the 2016-17 campaign, losing only one match in the league this term, which came against Burnley. They are above United in the league table with 16 points from seven matches, three points ahead of the Old Trafford outfit.
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