Jose Mourinho has offered an update on the fitness of several of his first team players ahead of Manchester United’s EFL Cup final with Southampton. The news is something of a mixed bag; Phil Jones and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was injured during Wednesday’s Europa League match with Saint-Etienne remain sidelined, but Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney, who missed the trip to France entirely are available.
Speaking during his pre-match press conference on Friday, the United manager offered this: “Michael is available,” said the boss. “Clever, experienced. He left the pitch [on Wednesday] in the right moment so Michael is available. Mkhitaryan is out and Jones, let’s see and decide tomorrow.
“Wayne’s fine, he’s training with the team. He was not selected for Saint-Etienne because he was not ready to play but he was ready to have one more important training session and no doubts, no doubts, he is involved in the game.”