Matic travelling for Arsenal clash but Jones, Bailly, Fellaini out

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes the messages in the movie about the tennis rivalry between Swedish star Bjorn Borg and John Mc Enroe of the US can help him and his players prepare for their league match away to Arsenal at the Emirates Stad

Mourinho played down suggestions that Manchester United's trip to Arsenal is a must-win game as they try to close an eight-point gap to leaders Manchester City.

"Borg's coach was telling him that all the time: "One point at a time; think about just one point".

Since becoming United boss, Mourinho has not won a single game away from home at one of his top six rivals. I just want to focus and to prepare well my team, and give my team a good chance to win the game.

"I always tell my players to think just about the game". It is Arsenal, and that is hard enough without us being focused on other things.

Asked whether he sees himself as Borg or McEnroe against his old rival Wenger, Mourinho replied: 'I love tennis, I don't play tennis'.

"I haven't seen them a lot and it is not down to me to judge the way they play".

The 29-year old will travel with the United squad though Mourinho is not confident he will feature against Arsene Wenger's side.

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"I remember big matches".

"My goalkeeper needs to know what to do when his team has the ball, how to attack, and my striker needs to know how to defend and what to do, this is simple, for me is simple".

"It depends what you think about risk", he said.

Marouane Fellaini (muscular), Eric Bailly (groin/hip), Phil Jones (thigh) and Michael Carrick (heart condition) are also missing for the match. I think in the beginning of football, the guy who decides to say defenders and attackers, this guy was bad. Everybody has to defend and attack, especially in modern football, so for me you can say what you want.

The Belgian global sustained a knee problem on worldwide duty in October but returned to action against Chelsea last month and had featured in each of the Reds' subsequent three games prior to Tuesday's 4-2 win at Watford, which he missed through injury.

The manager is remaining hopeful, but up to the point of his press conference, he could not guarantee that Matic would be fit enough to play.

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