Manchester United

  • Mkhitaryan keeping fingers crossed over ...

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan expressed mixed emotions after he scored the winner but picked up an injury in Manchester United's 1-0 Europa League victory over Saint-Etienne. After scoring United's fourth goal of the tie in the 16th minute of the second leg at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Mkh...

    Mkhitaryan keeping fingers crossed over injury

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan expressed mixed emotions after he scored the winner but picked up an injury in Manchester United's 1-0 Europa League victory over Saint-Etienne. After scoring United's fourth goal of the tie in the 16th minute of the second leg at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Mkhitaryan was replaced by Marcus Rashford just nine minutes later due to an apparent hamstring injury. The Armenian forward tweeted after the game to say how happy he was to have scored on his return to France, where he grew up when his father was a striker for the now defunct ASOA Valence. The 28-year-old acknowledged his concerns over missing out on United's day out at Wembley, when they face Southampton in the EFL Cup final, by including the words "fingers crossed" in his tweet. United manager Jose Mourinho also has a doubt over the fitness of Michael Carrick for Sunday's final, the midfielder went off shortly after the hour due to a calf complaint. The Portuguese said he thinks both players will miss the game against the Saints.

  • Mourinho insists Man Utd won't copy Man ...

    Jose Mourinho has criticised the FA Cup scheduling, but insists Manchester United will not follow Manchester City's example and play a weakened team against Chelsea. After beating Saint-Etienne 4-0 on aggregate in the Europa League round of 32, the Red Devils moved on to the ro...

    Mourinho insists Man Utd won't copy Man City's example at Chelsea

    Jose Mourinho has criticised the FA Cup scheduling, but insists Manchester United will not follow Manchester City's example and play a weakened team against Chelsea. After beating Saint-Etienne 4-0 on aggregate in the Europa League round of 32, the Red Devils moved on to the round of 16 against an opponent that has yet to be determined. The second leg of that tie will take place three days after United face Chelsea on Monday March 13 in their FA Cup quarter-final match after that fixture was switched for television purposes. And Mourinho is frustrated the scheduling for that FA Cup clash has already been made without any consideration for travel concerns ahead of that Europa League tie. “Of course, and I feel really surprised that the decision is made before our draw for the next round in Europe, because at the moment who knows who we will play against?” Mourinho said in his post-match news conference after the 1-0 win away to Saint-Etienne. “Nobody knows where the first match will be and where the second match will be. "Imagine we play Chelsea on the Monday and then we have to go to a second leg in the Europa League in Russia, in Turkey, in Greece. So I think once more their interests go in front of the clubs and the English football interests. Nobody cares about it.” While Mourinho has played weaker or reserve sides in matches in the past when he felt the schedule in England had become too condensed, he insisted he could not do that this time, given the stature of Manchester United and the FA Cup. Last season, United's local rivals City picked an under-strength team in the fifth round of the FA Cup against Chelsea and were thrashed 5-1 just days before a key Champions League tie. “This is what we have. I cannot play against Chelsea with a second team. I cannot play against Chelsea with under-21s like Manchester City did last year I think. We are Manchester United, I cannot do that. I cannot do that as Manchester United manager, I cannot 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 the under-21s. Probably they deserve it but I don’t do that.” The packed programme now leaves Mourinho fearful of injury, especially given his side lost Michael Carrick and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to injury in the second leg against Saint Etienne. “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 of these consecutive matches and if situations like the Mkhitaryan one or the Carrick one happen, they happen.”

  • Mourinho: Mkhitaryan and Carrick may mis...

    Jose Mourinho suspects Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick will miss Manchester United's EFL Cup final against Southampton after they were taken off in Wednesday's Europa League win over Saint-Etienne. Mkhitaryan made the difference in the second leg in France, diverting a J...

    Mourinho: Mkhitaryan and Carrick may miss EFL Cup final

    Jose Mourinho suspects Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick will miss Manchester United's EFL Cup final against Southampton after they were taken off in Wednesday's Europa League win over Saint-Etienne. Mkhitaryan made the difference in the second leg in France, diverting a Juan Mata ball into the net 15 minutes in. But his night was cut short soon after when he pulled up with an apparent hamstring problem, leading to him being replaced by Marcus Rashford. Carrick was then substituted shortly after the hour mark, with Bastian Schweinsteiger filling in. The injuries are a big concern for Mourinho, whose side are still competing in four competitions. “Honestly I don’t think he is fit. I think him and Michael they are both out. This is based on my experience, not based on my medical knowledge. "A calf, a hamstring, even if it is minor, minor, some fibres damaged, I think they are out." Mourinho put the muscle strains down to his side's demanding fixture list, instead of questioning the pitch at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. "The pitch was okay. I think they did their best, it was playable and it was not dangerous. "The injuries were a consequence of playing a lot of matches. The stadium was good, the stadium was beautiful, the pitch was good, the crowd was fantastic. "It was a pleasure to play here.” United's schedule will become more intense as they will have to play Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final on the Monday before they play their second leg of the next round. Asked if the lack of recovery time could be a cause for concern, the Portuguese coach said: “Of course, and I feel really surprised that the decision is made before our draw for the next round in Europe, because at the moment who knows who we will play against? Nobody knows where the first match will be and where the second match will be. "Imagine we play Chelsea on the Monday and then we have to go to a second leg in the Europa League in Russia, in Turkey, in Greece. So I think once more their interests go in front of the clubs and the English football interests. Nobody cares about it. “This is what we have. I cannot play against Chelsea with a second team. I cannot play against Chelsea with under-21s like Manchester City did last year I think. We are Manchester United, I cannot do that. I cannot do that as Manchester United manager, I cannot 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 the under-21s. Probably they 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 of these consecutive matches and if situations like the Mkhitaryan one or the Carrick one happen, they happen.”

  • Saint-Etienne 0-1 Manchester United (agg...

    Manchester United cruised into the last 16 of the Europa League as a 1-0 victory at Saint-Etienne crowned a dominant 4-0 aggregate triumph, but match-winner Henrikh Mkhitaryan left boss Jose Mourinho with an injury worry. The sight of the Armenia captain - who continued his rece...

    Saint-Etienne 0-1 Manchester United (agg: 0-4): Mkhitaryan on target as Bailly sees red

    Manchester United cruised into the last 16 of the Europa League as a 1-0 victory at Saint-Etienne crowned a dominant 4-0 aggregate triumph, but match-winner Henrikh Mkhitaryan left boss Jose Mourinho with an injury worry. The sight of the Armenia captain - who continued his recent fine form with a smartly taken goal from Juan Mata's cross - departing before the half hour with an apparent hamstring problem was far from welcome with Sunday's EFL Cup final against Southampton on the horizon. Mourinho's scope for tactical substitutions with an eye on that Wembley date was further limited when centre-back Eric Bailly was booked for two fouls on Romain Hamouma in the space of three needlessly rash minutes in the second-half. It means the Ivory Coast international will be suspended when United begin their last-16 tie and his manager will have been pleased to see the remaining action at a buoyant Stade Geoffroy-Guichard pass without incident. In contrast to the raucous din made by the home support, United played with an easy control that meant there was little to report until they opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Mata shuffled into space on the left to curl in a sumptuous centre, leaving Mkhitaryan to apply a pleasingly deft finish. The former Borussia Dortmund star's joy was short-lived however, as he made way for Marcus Rashford and headed straight down the tunnel within 10 minutes of his sixth goal this season. Rashford and Mata saw a low cross from Ashley Young flash agonisingly beyond them as Saint-Etienne appeared ripe to be cut open whenever it suited Mourinho's men to do so. An ungainly challenge from United goalkeeper Sergio Romero to thwart Kevin Monnet-Paquet gave the hosts a little encouragement before the interval, with pride their only remaining concern. Daley Blind cut infield for United in the 58th minute, slipping a pass through for Marouane Fellaini to slam into the side-netting – an unmarked Zlatan Ibrahimovic inside was unimpressed. Paul Pogba then drove into the arms of Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier and Mourinho's star names remained in play as the hour passed, in spite of Mkhitaryan's cautionary tale. The likes of Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba had to remain for the duration after Bailly's indiscipline forced Mourinho to introduce Marcos Rojo in place of Mata. Florentin Pogba stoked the dying embers of this battle for sibling supremacy when the Saint-Etienne left-back thudded an optimistic long-range shot wide, while his younger brother saw the ball run away from him when Rashford's 75th-minute effort trickled across the six-yard box. Family bragging rights had not been in doubt for some time by that stage.

  • Mkhitaryan & Carrick could miss EFL ...

    Manchester United face a nervous wait after Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick both picked up injuries during their side's Europa League clash against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday, while Eric Bailly will miss the club's next European clash after picking up a second yellow. CSL...

    Mkhitaryan & Carrick could miss EFL final as Bailly picks up Europa League suspension

    Manchester United face a nervous wait after Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick both picked up injuries during their side's Europa League clash against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday, while Eric Bailly will miss the club's next European clash after picking up a second yellow. CSL club confirm Rooney approach Mkhitaryan opened the scoring at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard to put the Red Devils 4-0 up on aggregate and maintain his fine run of form of late. However, he was soon replaced by Marcus Rashford after leaving the field clutching his hamstring, leaving United sweating on his fitness just days before Sunday's EFL Cup final against Southampton. Carrick then followed the attacking midfielder off the pitch whilst clutching his leg in the second half, leaving the Red Devils with double the worry. It is unknown whether either player has picked up a serious injury or whether United decided not to take any risks ahead of the showpiece event at Wembley in four days' time. 'Wenger told me to f**k off!' Mkhitaryan, who joined United from Borussia Dortmund last summer, has excelled in recent months for Jose Mourinho's side. The 28-year-old has scored six goals and registered five assists in all competitions for United, who remain in four competitions under Mourinho's stewardship.

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