Mourinho Confirms Duo Ruled Out of Man Utd’s Trip to West Brom

By on December 16, 2016 - 1,697 views

Manchester United will be looking to close the gap on the top four when they face West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils begin the weekend in sixth place off the back of two consecutive Premier League victories but six points off Manchester City in the final UEFA Champions League spot.  City are in action versus Arsenal on Sunday with the Gunners only one point above Pep Guardiola’s side.

United have beaten Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace in their last two outings and will be looking to make it three in a row this weekend.  However, West Brom are coming off a convincing 3-1 thrashing of Swansea City on Wednesday night.

What’s worse for United is that José Mourinho has today confirmed he will be without two of his stars for the trip to the Hawthorns tomorrow.

Speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon, Mourinho confirmed to ManUtd.com that both Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will both miss West Brom through injury.

Bailly picked up another knee problem during Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.  The Ivory Coast international went down twice in the first half before being replaced by Matteo Darmian in the 51st minute.

The Ivorian took to Instagram last night to ease fears over the seriousness of his latest injury and now his managed has confirmed that while Bailly isn’t available for tomorrow’s game, United hope he will be back for the busy Christmas period.

Mourinho told the club’s official website:

“He [Bailly] can’t be in this game but it doesn’t look as serious as we first thought. Normally we hope to have him back for Christmas period.”

The fact that the injury is not serious will come as a relief to United as he has become a key part of their defence since joining the club from Villarreal over the summer.  José Mourinho will be hoping the defence will be back in time to face Sunderland at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

In a double blow, Mourinho also confirmed today that Henrikj Mkhitaryan will sit out his second successive game with an ankle injury he picked up in the victory over Spurs last weekend.

The Armenian playmaker picked up the injury following a challenge from behind by Danny Rose having scored the game’s only goal in the first half.  Once again, Mourinho is hoping his summer signing will be fit to face Sunderland next week instead.

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James Crawford

Promoted to editor in 2016, James has met famous footballing faces from Robbie Savage to John Bones. Very passionate football fan and writer and has a degree in journalism,

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