Manchester United vs Wolves: Mourinho drops Martial, Alexis to start EPL clash

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The Red Devils have managed to recover from a hard start to the Premier League season to ease pressure on Jose Mourinho. "I don't want to say [it] was [Eric] Bailly or Jones and is now Smalling or Lindelof". "For sure hard season".

"I don't change that because we won two matches in the Premier League". Hard season for sure. It's going to be hard. "The team is playing better and they are part of the team that plays these matches".

"I think the team is resolving the defensive problems better than before", he said.

"But he showed for the ones that don't know him very, ver well that he is not a player to be here just on formation, is a player to be here [to fight for] positions - he's a very good player".

Mourinho believes his team will be better this campaign than they were last, when they finished a distant second to Manchester City. All of them, they can say the same thing.

They comfortably beat Swiss side Young Boys on Wednesday, and host Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, with Jose Mourinho confirming that only Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera are the only absentees through injury.

The Chile worldwide is yet to score in four games this season and has managed just three in 22 games since arriving from Arsenal.

Pressed on whether the 29-year-old needed to raise his game.

"I am optimistic, but a hard season, yes", said Mourinho.

Games against Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle offer a chance to close the gap on early leaders Liverpool and Chelsea but Mourinho has warned his players not to take their good form for granted.

"I think it is [a mental thing]", he said. Football is a little bit like this.

"And bad results and bad performances, they make you look more exhausted, more upset, more ugly, more everything".

"I think the team is more compact, more solid".

"It's more about the moment, and the momentum is very important - in both the positive and negative way".