Injury update on Mkhitaryan and Carrick
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 24, 2017,
Feb 24, 2017, 10:58
The Armenian global pulled up in the 25th minute of United's victory over St Etienne, shortly after scoring the one and only goal that put the Red Devils into the last-16 stage of the Europa League.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that midfielders Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick are fitness doubts for this weekend's League Cup final against Southampton.
Eric Bailly received two yellow cards in a three-minute span to earn his marching orders, ruling him out of United's round of 16 first leg match.
Both played the full 90 minutes as injuries to Henrikh Mhiktaryan and Michael Carrick forced Mourinho into a pair of unscheduled substitutions.
The Red Devils took a 3-0 lead into the second-leg and knew a professional job would be enough to see them sail through to the last-16.
Carrick meanwhile was replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger with just over an hour gone with a suspected calf injury, and Mourinho appeared to confirm both players will miss the League Cup final in his post-match comments to BT Sport. I think that three days is no time.I think they have no chance (for Sunday).
"Honestly, I don't think Mkhitaryan is fit for the final". I think it was a football reason, style, something like this.
Add to this the upcoming final of the Capital One Cup and still being in contention for the Europa League and the FA Cup, it is fair to say that after some torrid early months the team is moving in the right direction.
"I think no chance but, I repeat, it is just my experience". "It is a result of so many games".
As the Red Devils with ten men, managed to see off a professional win in the end which stretched their winning streak to five in all competitions having not conceded in four of those, there is a sense of belief back at and around Old Trafford that Mourinho can not have lost it all after the disastrous last few months at Chelsea.
Juan Mata admits confidence is high in the United camp ahead of the Wembley date with Saints and said: "We knew it was going to be a tough atmosphere, their supporters are great".
Mata has since become a fan-favourite at Old Trafford and proven his worth for Manchester United.