In the latest Manchester United news, Jose Mourinho has revealed that Romelu Lukaku will miss both Thursday’s trip to West Ham and Sunday’s visit of Watford.
The Belgian striker damaged his ankle in last month’s 2-1 win over Arsenal and was absent from Friday’s 1-0 defeat at Brighton.
Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Mourinho confirmed he will also be unavailable for his team’s final two Premier League games of the season, although he could be fit for the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
Talking about the team news for Thursday, Mourinho said: “In terms of injuries, Lukaku and Fellaini the two players that are not available for tomorrow and apart from that Jones is back, Sanchez is back and no more problems.”
When pushed on whether Lukaku would feature on Sunday against Watford, he replied: “No”.
United are 5/6 to beat West Ham with bet365 and go into the game knowing they need one more point to guarantee a second-place finish in this season’s Premier League.
They then finish their Premier League campaign on Sunday against Watford and Mourinho also confirmed that the match will provide a rare opportunity for Michael Carrick.
The former England midfielder recently revealed his plans to retire in the summer and is set to join the club’s coaching staff.
Carrick has made only four appearances this term, with only one of those coming in the Premier League.
The 36-year-old was named captain by Mourinho in the summer but has been used sparingly.
However, his personality is clearly appreciated by the boss who has backed him to become a top coach.
“The most important quality is to be a man and football is not full of them,” he said. “Society is not full of them. So when you find one of them, you have to value and you have to keep.
“He has qualities that we believe can make him a good coach.”