Carrick And Mkhitaryan Could Miss Sunday’s EFL Cup Final, Reveals Mourinho

Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action with Watford's Tom Cleverley.

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that Manchester United‘s star duo Michael Carrick and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could miss Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored the early goal for United to kill off the tie and ensure a 4-0 win on aggregate, was seen walking off the pitch moments after scoring, feeling his hamstring. Michael Carrick, on the other hand, was replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger on the hour mark due to injury concerns as well.

When asked about their conditions in the post-match interview, Mourinho stated (via Metro): “You can be injured leaving your house. You never know when and why.

“It’s the result of so many matches. This is always a risk. When someone is missing, it is an opportunity for someone else. Not to have them both for the final is complicated as they’re important players.”

The Portuguese was then asked to confirm whether the duo was, in fact, ruled out for Sunday’s game, to which he replied: “I do not know, I say what I feel. There’s three days, a hamstring and a calf [injury]. Even if it’s a minor, it’s three days – no time for recovery.”

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, who now works as a pundit on BT Sport, also had his say on Mkhitaryan’s injury: “It does [look like a hamstring injury]. It is disappointing really.

“He has been a big player for Manchester United over the past few weeks. It doesn’t look too serious hamstring injury – maybe 10 days or two weeks – but it might be too risky for Sunday.”


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