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BRISTOL CITY – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is to recall playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for today’s Carabao Cup quarter-final at Bristol City.
The championship side has already knocked out three Premier teams from this season’s competition so Mourinho revealed the holders will not be taking the hosts lightly.
Paul Pogba is available again after serving his three-game suspension and the French could be involved immediately.
“We need to take the game really seriously but I’m going to make a few changes and it’s possible Miki is involved,” Mourinho said at his press conference.
Wednesday’s clash will be the first-ever meeting between these sides in the competition, according to Opta stats and facts, and this is also the clubs first matchup overall since February 1980.
Meanwhile, Bristol City, who are sitting third in the Championship table, four points outside of an automatic promotion spot, are the first side from a lower division to eliminate three top-flight clubs in a single EFL Cup campaign since Bradford City in 2012-13 and manager Lee Johnson is looking forward to welcoming Manchester United.
“I think we have a group that’s very hungry to prove how good they are,” Johnson said.
The Robins stunned Liverpool 1-0 in an FA Cup third-round replay at Anfield in 1994 and this has ever since lifted the atmosphere when it comes to playing against the “bigger clubs.”
“It is a fantastic game. When Manchester United come to town, I think it always brings that feeling of it being a big tie, and this club hasn’t had it for a long time, probably back to people like Brian Tinnion and that iconic goal against Liverpool,” the City boss said.
“The players have got to feel somebody could be that hero in this game.
“We respect the fact they are going to have a world-class XI, whichever one they choose to put out.
“However, we are in good form, and I think the players’ confidence is as good as it could be.”
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Manchester United (squad): De Gea, Romero, Jones, Smalling, Lindelof, Young, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Tuanzebe, Darmian, McTominay, Pogba, Herrera, Matic, Lingard, Martial, Rashford, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Ibrahimovic.