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Published: 02:47 | 31/7/16

Mourinho keen to use squad depth


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says his all his squad are likely feature for the first team at some point next season.

FA Cup holders United start their Premier League campaign at Bournemouth on 14 August, seven days after the Community Shield season-opener against champions Leicester City at Wembley.

The Red Devils will also feature in the Europa League, and Mourinho says every member of his 25-man Premier League squad will have a part to play next season.

The Portuguese, who used 11 substitutes in the 5-2 pre-season victory over Galatasaray in Gothenburg on Saturday, wants his players to keep their focus even if they are not guaranteed to start matches.

"If they were not in my plans, I would not give them one single minute; I would not keep them in my squad," he said.

"The squad is very competitive and very important for the season. We have 38 matches in the Premier League, and the possibility of 15 matches in the Europa League, plus domestic cups, so we are going to play 60 matches.

"With 60 matches, we cannot do it with 11 players. So to be in the squad, you have to understand that the squad is more important than the individual.

"The club is more important than all of us, and to be in the squad you have to be ready for this - to play, not to play, play a lot, play less, play 90 minutes, play one minute, and not be selected."

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