Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be back in his side ahead of their Carabao Cup quarter-final away clash against Championship club Bristol City on Wednesday.
United travel to Ashton Gate to face a high-flying Bristol City side, who currently sit third in the Championship and have already knocked three top-flight clubs Stoke, Crystla Palace and Watford out of the competition.
Mourinho admits he will not be making too many changes to his squad due to Bristol City’s impressive form, but feels Mkhitaryan could feature for the first time since the win over Brighton in November.
“He Mkhitaryan can be back,” Mourinho told Manchester United’s official website. “I am making a few changes for the match, but not many because Bristol City are one of the best teams in the Championship.
“For me now, the Championship is not the Championship of five or 10 years ago. The Championship is now high-quality teams with lots of players that could be playing in the Premier League easily. So we need to take the game really seriously. I am going to make a few changes and it is possible Micki is involved.”
Mourinho also explained why Mkhitaryan has found himself out of the Reds’ matchday squads of late.
“At the moment, we are playing [Juan] Mata, [Marcus] Rashford, [Jesse] Lingard or [Anthony] Martial and [Romelu] Lukaku,” he added. “So, on the bench, we have [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and one of the other ones, Martial or Rashford. So there is no space for everyone because you need balance on the bench too.”
United are the League Cup holders after pipping Southampton 3-2 in last season’s final.