Man Utd Team News: Mourinho Confirms Double Boost But Key Man To Miss West Ham Trip

By on May 9, 2018

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Manchester United will play their penultimate Premier League game of the season when they visit the London Stadium to face West Ham on Thursday evening.

Jose Mourinho has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s provided a team news and injury update ahead of the game.

The United boss confirmed a double injury boost with the news that Alexis Sanchez and Phil Jones are expected to be fit for the trip to the capital tomorrow night.

Sanchez missed the win over Brighton last time out due to a minor knock while Jones also sat out the trip to the Amex Stadium with a muscle problem but the duo are back in contention to face West Ham.

However, there wasn’t such positive news on Lukaku as the striker has been ruled out of United’s final two league games with an on-going ankle injury that he picked up against Arsenal last month.

Lukaku will now miss the games against West Ham and Watford and is facing a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of United’s FA Cup final with Chelsea on May 19th.

In a double blow, Mourinho also confirmed that Marouane Fellaini will miss the trip to London tomorrow with a muscle injury that he sustained against Brighton but he has a chance of returning for the final day of the season.

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Mourinho also revealed that Michael Carrick will start during United’s final league match against Watford at Old Trafford on Sunday as he prepares to retire at the end of the season.

The United boss told ManUtd.com:

“In terms of injuries, it’s Lukaku and Fellaini. They are the two players who are not available for tomorrow [Thursday]. [Phil] Jones is back, Sanchez is back and there are no more problems.”

“Lukaku will not play in the last league game of the season. Fellaini might – it is a muscular problem. We will wait and see.”

“He [Carrick] will start the last match at Old Trafford, the last match of the Premier League. Our captain, in front of our fans, he will start the match against Watford.”

United head in to tomorrow’s game with nothing left to play for as they are guaranteed to finish second in the table no matter the outcome of their final two league games, but Mourinho will want to head in to the cup final in good form.

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