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United double blow ahead of showpiece

By Simon Peach

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed match-winner Henrikh Mkhitaryan and fellow midfielder Michael Carrick are likely to miss Sunday's EFL Cup final against Southampton at Wembley.

Mkhitaryan scored the only goal of the game in United's 1-0 Europa League last-32 victory over St Etienne before limping out of the action to be replaced by Marcus Rashford.

Carrick also had to be withdrawn and Mourinho, whose side secured a 4-0 aggregate victory in France, said: "Obviously they are important players for us and not to have them both for the final is complicated but I think Marouane (Fellaini) and Bastian (Schweinsteiger) is a good answer.

"I don't say that (they will definitely miss out), I just say what I feel.

"It's three days (before the final), a hamstring and a calf. Even if it's a minor injury I think three days is no time," he added.

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