Manchester United confirmed line-up to face Southampton: Mourinho makes six changes
By Matt Farr
Jose Mourinho has made six changes to his Manchester United side for their upcoming EFL Cup Final clash against Southampton at Wembley on Sunday.
David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial all come into the side following the Europa League victory over Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.
Sergio Romero, Ashley Young, Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Henrik Mkhitaryan are the six players that make way.
Five players retain their places in Mourinho’s starting XI – Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The confirmed line-up was announced on the club’s official Twitter account ahead of kick-off.
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Mkhitaryan is forced to make way from the Manchester United line-up after suffering a hamstring injury during the midweek win in France.
Veteran midfielder Michael Carrick also picked up an injury during the victory, but is named on the United bench.
There is also a place among the substitutes for Wayne Rooney, who can end a rather turbulent week by lifting the EFL Cup title.
The England captain was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League earlier this week, having fallen out-of-favour under Jose Mourinho, but remains committed to the club.
Manchester United are seeking to win their first title under Jose Mourinho, and only their second domestic title since their 2012-13 Premier League triumph.
In other Manchester United news, Mourinho has lined up this European hot-shot as a long-term replacement for Rooney.