Did you enjoy that 6-0 thumping of NK Maribor earlier today? Are you feeling happy and excited? Good. I hope you enjoyed that feeling. Because it's about to take a massive hit. Duck and cover!
"Loic Remy has a problem in his groin, I don't know. Normally a muscular problem is a muscular problem so a couple of weeks. I was not expecting Didier to play for 75 minutes but he had to come on. Now he has to improve his condition, we know the player he is and we know he can still give us a lot."
-Jose Mourinho; source: BBC
And of course Diego Costa was already a massive doubt for the weekend. So unless Mourinho's playing some ultimate mind games -- in which case those five goals that Diego Costa shall score this weekend will be extra hilarious -- we're in a bit of bind.
Didier Drogba may have scored from the penalty spot against NK Maribor (a sequence of events that didn't completely please Jose), but he looked a distinctly worse proposition than either of our top two strikers have so far this season. Dominic Solanke is surely an unrealistic option at 17, while an out-of-the-box solution like Andre Schurrle hasn't been too successful in the past.
Basically, ruh-roh. The trip to Old Trafford just got even harder.