Manchester United Duo Set To Miss EFL Cup Final
Posted by Kieran Cross | Published on February 23, 2017
Manchester United have been rocked with the news that key players Michael Carrick and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are likely to miss Sunday’s EFL Cup Final against Southampton following injuries obtained in the second leg of their Europa League triumph over French side St-Etienne.
Mkhitaryan was taken off clutching his right thigh, while Carrick appeared to obtain an injury to the calf muscle. Although it is not set in stone that the pair will miss the game, the club’s official twitter account described their condition as “doubtful”.
Jose Mourinho says Michael Carrick and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are doubtful for Sunday's EFL Cup final. #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 22, 2017
On the other hand, the Portuguese manager held little hope for an instant return for the duo in his post-match press conference, as reported by The Mirror:
“They are important players for us and not having them for the final is complicated,”
“When they are not playing it is an opportunity for us. Marouane [Fellaini] and Bastian [Schweinsteiger] are not playing so much.
“I think Henrikh and Michael are both out. This is based on my experience, not based on my medical knowledge and not based on tests and what they have to do tomorrow and after tomorrow.
“I think no chance. A calf, a hamstring, even if it is minor, some fibres, damage, I think [they are] out.”
Mkhitaryan scored the only goal in United’s fixture in France as the Manchester giants eased through to the next round of the Europa League with a 4-0 aggregate win.
Carrick has also been a major asset in the Red Devil’s midfield this season, with his consistency contributing to United’s recent spell of good form.
Eric Bailly will definitely be missing in United’s next Europa League fixture following his dismissal for two yellow cards, adding to Mourinho’s growing selection dilemmas.