Sad news, friends. Eric Bailly, who has missed the last month or so with an ankle injury, is to have surgery to clear up the problem.
The Ivory Coast worldwide is not expected to miss the rest of the season, but Mourinho said he will miss "the next two or three months". That suggests Marcos Rojo (head) and Marouane Fellaini (knee) will be absent again.
The former Borussia Dortmund playmaker has failed to really settle in under the Portuguese manager at Old Trafford and hasn't started a game in over a month.
"I signed a three-year contract here because it was the time myself and the board we decided on at that time". "I think Tony assembled a very good squad, lots of players of experience, physical players adapted to the Premier League with know-how, lots of experience".
"We go to clubs with a huge history where people look to the history and not to the moment and expectations are high".
Asked about Griezmann, who Diego Simeone claimed could soon leave Atletico, Mourinho added: 'I don't speak about players - especially players who belong to other clubs'.
"I can only have six [outfield] players on the bench and I try to have some balance on the bench", he said on Mkhitaryan's absence.
Alternatively, since it's almost January, an emergency dip into the transfer market might be an alternative solution.
"But there are players and situations that sometimes you have the chance to do and you shouldn't lose that chance".