Jose Mourinho says that Michael Carrick and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be fit for Sunday’s EFL Cup final.
Both players started in Manchester United’s 1-0 victory in St Etienne, despite United already holding a 3-0 lead from the first leg.
However, Mkhitaryan was substituted after just 25 minutes with a hamstring injury, while Carrick’s problem was revealed after the match.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho said neither were likely to recover in time to face Southampton:
Mourinho doesn't sound confident Mkhitaryan or Carrick will be fit for EFL Cup final. "Hamstring and calf, I think three days is no time."
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) February 22, 2017
Which all begs the question why those key players were even picked at all. If only someone had written a piece on the match asking just that…