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It may be bench for Lukaku: Jose

 

By Simon Peach

Jose Mourinho has revealed that Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku may have to settle for a bench role in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Lukaku is struggling with an ankle injury sustained against Arsenal last month and is to miss the climax to the Premier League campaign against Watford at Old Trafford tomorrow.

The Belgium striker is also a doubt for the Wembley showpiece against Chelsea on May 19, but Mourinho hopes he will be involved in some capacity.

"We hope he can play the final," the United manager said.

"He's in Belgium having treatment and there is communication between doctors in Belgium and our medical department.

"We are just waiting to see if it's possible for him to be involved in the final, if not starting at least he can be on the bench."

Michael Carrick will captain United tomorrow to mark the England midfielder's final appearance before joining Mourinho's backroom staff.

"Carrick had already been decided. So if we'd lost the match (against West Ham) and we needed the point against Watford (to seal second place), I would play Carrick all the same," said Mourinho. "He's going to start as captain and won't end the match because I want him to leave the pitch alone and I want him to feel what the United supporters feel in relation to him.

"I am not so sad as I normally am when my players end their career because he is going to be with us. He is going to be even closer to me than he was as a player so it is just an emotional moment.

Mourinho will not field a young team against Watford, even though United are assured of second place behind champions Manchester City regardless of what unfolds.

"I have every player apart from Marouane Fellaini and Lukaku available and I won't look to the young players," he said.

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