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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho fears Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick will miss this weekend’s EFL Cup final against Southampton at Wembley.

The midfield duo were forced off during the Reds’ 1-0 Europa League Round of 32 second-leg victory at Saint-Etienne, and now face a race to recover for Sunday’s game.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, as well as to BT Sport after the game, Mourinho provided his early view of the situation, with both players set to be assessed.

Asked if the pair will be fit in time for the final, he said: “Honestly, I don’t think so. I think Henrikh and Michael are both out. But, this is based on my experience, not on my medical knowledge and not based on tests and what they have to do tomorrow.

“I think no chance but, I repeat, it’s just my experience. A calf, a hamstring, even if it’s a minor injury, some fibre damage, I think they’re out.”

Mkhitaryan was replaced by Marcus Rashford during the first half, while Bastian Schweinsteiger came on in Carrick’s place after the break, with Marouane Fellaini also involved after being named in the starting line-up.

“You can get hurt when you leave your house, you never know when or where,” Mourinho added. “It is a result of so many games. But when someone’s missing, it is the opportunity for another.

“Not having them before the final is complicated. But Marouane and Bastian, two players who do not play so much, gave good answers.”

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