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Mourinho to throw everything at Chelsea

2017-03-13 08:46
Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed he will name his strongest-possible team when the club face Chelsea in an FA Cup quarter-final on Monday evening.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unavailable due to suspension which is a blow, however, Mourinho does have Henrikh Mkhitaryan to call on after he completed 67 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Rostov in the Europa League. In addition, Eric Bailly is available after serving a one-match ban against the Russian team in midweek.

As such, Mourinho is in bullish mood ahead of the tie with the rampaging Premier League leaders. He told the club's official website, "We have to go to London. It's really hard. We don't have Zlatan, of course not, but we go with everything we have. We don't put a (weakened) team out like some clubs sometimes - Manchester United cannot do that.

"We know this Europa League is very important for us, and the FA Cup is beautiful. We cannot go there with a (reserve) team, we'll try to manage it within our squad and get a good team to compete with them.

"Manchester United is United; it's the winner of this competition. It's not Chelsea's fault we were given this Monday match. We'll make changes, as we played on Thursday, but we cannot go to Chelsea with a (reserve) team."

Meanwhile United's chances of progressing to the semi-final of the FA Cup suffered a further blow with the news that Mourinho's striking department has been ravaged by injuries.

In addition to Ibrahimovic being ruled out through suspension, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Marcos Rashford (illness) have not traveled with the squad to face Chelsea.

Kick off is at 21:45.

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