Jose Mourinho has confirmed he has a fully fit squad to choose from for Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday, with the exception of Sergio Romero.
Antonio Valencia was forced off in the second half of last weekend’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham with a muscle problem and replaced by Matteo Darmian. But the right-back, who has been wearing the captain’s armband in most games, should be available to play this weekend.
Speaking to MUTV’s Mark Sullivan at the Aon Training Complex, the boss stated he has a clean bill of health, apart from Romero, and the same group of players available as last weekend’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham.
“Everybody’s fine,”Mourinho said.
“I have 22 players and apart from Romero as a goalkeeper, everyone is fit to play.”
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With the match sandwiched in between their crucial UEFA Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger could be tempted to make changes for his 60th and what could be his final game against United as a manager.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to miss out on a first reunion with the Reds, as the Armenian playmaker – who swapped Manchester for north London in January – is reportedly a major doubt for Sunday’s game with a knee injury.
The Londoners are expected to be without Mohamed Elneny (ankle) for the rest of the season but there is positive news concerning fellow midfielder Santi Cazorla, who has been out with a severe ankle injury since October 2016 but trained on the pitch at the Emirates Stadium before Thursday night’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg.