Mkhitaryan, Carrick set to miss EFL Cup final

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick look set to miss Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton after picking up injuries in Manchester United’s Europa League win over Saint-Etienne on Wednesday night.

United boss José Mourinho said he expected Mkhitaryan and Carrick, who picked up hamstring and calf injuries respectively, to miss the Wembley showpiece based on his ‘experience’ of injuries.

Mkhitaryan limped off after 25 minutes while Carrick went off just after the hour.

Talking about the injured duo, Mourinho said: “Him [Mkhitaryan] and Michael, they are both out but this is based on my experience, not on my medical knowledge and not based on tests and what they have to do tomorrow.”

“I think no chance. But, I repeat, it’s just my experience. A calf, a hamstring, even if it is minor, minor, some fibres damaged, I think out," he added.

However, Mourinho had no regrets about starting the two on Wednesday despite doubts about the playing surface, adding “You can get injured leaving the house.”

"[The pitch] was playable, not dangerous," he said

Meanwhile, Mourinho said he was upset after the FA announced the FA Cup quarter-final would be played  at Chelsea on 13 March, just three days before the Europa League last-16 second leg.

"I feel really surprised that the decision is made before our draw in Europe.

"Because in this moment nobody knows where we play, nobody knows where the first and second matches are.

"Imagine we play Chelsea on Monday and then we have to go to the second match in Europe in Russia, Turkey or Greece.

"I think once more the interests, they go in front of the clubs and English football's interests, and nobody cares about it. But this is what I have.”

Mourinho then took a dig at Manchester City, who when faced with a similar situation last season, named a much-changed side for the FA Cup tie and lost 5-1 at Chelsea

"I cannot play against Chelsea with the second team. I cannot play against Chelsea with the under-21s like Manchester City did last year. I cannot do that – we are Manchester United.

"I don't do that as Manchester United manager. I don't do that to the FA Cup because the FA Cup is not guilty of these decisions.

"The FA Cup is beautiful, the competition is historical. I have to treat Manchester United supporters and the FA Cup in the right way.

"I cannot go there with under-21s. Probably they would deserve it, but I don't do that, so what is going to happen is an accumulation of matches.

"People playing a lot of matches, I have to make some rotation but some of the boys will have to play in all these consecutive matches.

"And if situations like the Mkhitaryan one or the Carrick one happen, they happen."