Manchester United Football Club deployed an extremely strong team in the Europa League this evening, as Jose Mourinho clearly wants to go out there and win the whole thing. It was always going to be a risky move, particularly with the EFL Cup final just on the horizon.
Now it looks as though it could well be a decision that could come back to haunt the self-proclaimed Special One, with a key duo hobbling off the field with separate injuries.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan came off with what looked like a hamstring problem, and Michael Carrick has a thigh issue. After the game, the boss had his say on the pair, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be ready to play in the Wembley showpiece.
“I don’t think he [Mkhitaryan] is fit, think he and Michael out [of EFL].” Jose Mourinho is quoted as saying by Guardian journalist Jamie Jackson.
Personally, I’m absolutely gutted – particularly for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian has been nothing short of sensational for us over the last couple of months, and things will always be harder without a player of his quality on the field.
As for Michael Carrick, I’m not so sure he would have started in the game anyway, but to have him as an option from off of the bench would’ve been lovely. Now that luxury has been taken away from us and Jose Mourinho will have to look elsewhere.
Jose Mourinho says Michael Carrick and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are doubtful for Sunday's EFL Cup final. #MUFC
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