Banner image

Author

Adam Baker

Adam Baker writes

Posted Wednesday, December 20th 2017

Mourinho hints at strong team selection

José Mourinho says he will select a strong side at Ashton Gate because City are “one of the best teams in the Championship”.

Often Premier League clubs rotate their team in the Carabao Cup competition – even Lee Johnson has opted to make several changes in previous rounds.

But as Wembley is just three matches away, including a two-legged semi-final, Mourinho looks set to go strong in BS3.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is one player who could be welcomed back into the fold, having not featured from the start since November.

“I am making a few changes for the match, but not many because Bristol City are one of the best teams in the Championship,” said the Red Devils boss.

“For me now, the Championship is not the Championship of five or ten years ago. The Championship is now high-quality teams with lots of players that could be playing in the Premier League easily.

“So we need to take the game really seriously. I am going to make a few changes and it is possible Mkhitaryan is involved.”

He added: “At the moment, we are playing [Juan] Mata, [Marcus] Rashford, [Jesse] Lingard or [Anthony] Martial and [Romelu] Lukaku.

"So, on the bench, we have [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and one of the other ones, Martial or Rashford. So there is no space for everyone because you need balance on the bench too."

Sergio Romero is expected to start in goal, having replaced David De Gea in previous rounds.

Mourinho hinted that Nemanja Matic has been carrying an injury of late but felllow midfielder Paul Pogba is back from a three-game suspension.

Related News

City v Man Utd - Travel Guide

City v Man Utd - Travel Guide

Posted: Tuesday, December 19th 2017

City v Man Utd - Gate Guide

City v Man Utd - Gate Guide

Posted: Tuesday, December 19th 2017

City v Man Utd - Away Fan Guide

City v Man Utd - Away Fan Guide

Posted: Tuesday, December 19th 2017

Latest News

🗓  June 1st Season Ticket advance price deadline

🗓 June 1st Season Ticket advance price deadline

Posted: Friday, May 20th 2022

🗳 Vote for dynamite Weimann

🗳 Vote for dynamite Weimann

Posted: Friday, May 20th 2022

🥇 Robins Lotto Week 7 Winners

🥇 Robins Lotto Week 7 Winners

Posted: Friday, May 20th 2022

🗳 Beever-Jones and Harrison nominated for goal of the season

🗳 Beever-Jones and Harrison nominated for goal of the season

Posted: Thursday, May 19th 2022

Also from Bristol Sport

Report: Exeter Chiefs 28-24 Bristol Bears
Rugby icon

Report: Exeter Chiefs 28-24 Bristol Bears

Jennine Detiveaux's last-gasp try saw Exeter Chiefs snatch a last-gasp victory in a pulsating Allianz Premier 15s semi-final at Sandy Park.

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd 2022 • Rugby

LIVE! Exeter Chiefs vs Bristol Bears
Rugby icon

LIVE! Exeter Chiefs vs Bristol Bears

Follow all the action from Sandy Park LIVE as Bristol Bears face Exeter Chiefs in the semi-final of the Allianz Premier 15s.

Posted: Sunday, May 22nd 2022 • Rugby

Highlights: Bristol Bears 40-33 Exeter Chiefs
Rugby icon

Highlights: Bristol Bears 40-33 Exeter Chiefs

Bristol Bears ran in six tries to storm to an enthralling victory over Exeter Chiefs in their final home game of the Gallagher Premiership season.

Posted: Saturday, May 21st 2022 • Rugby

"It's a great way to finish" - Piutau
Rugby icon

"It's a great way to finish" - Piutau

Charles Piutau paid tribute to Bristol's departing players as Bears stormed to a bonus point victory at Ashton Gate.

Posted: Saturday, May 21st 2022 • Rugby

"I'm proud of our fans" - Lam
Rugby icon

"I'm proud of our fans" - Lam

Pat Lam was full of praise for a rocking atmosphere at Ashton Gate as Bears secured a bonus point victory.

Posted: Friday, May 20th 2022 • Rugby