Jose Mourinho says Manchester United pair Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick have "no chance" of recovering in time for Sunday's English Football League Cup final against Southampton and believes the showpiece at Wembley will be "complicated" without the stricken duo. Mkhitaryan scored the only goal in United's Europa League second leg victory over Saint-Etienne on Wednesday night (22 February) but had to be withdrawn midway through the first half with a hamstring injury, while Carrick seemed to suffer a calf problem during the second period. Mourinho believes the influential pair are definitely out of Sunday's final against Southampton as they simply have 'no time' to recover.
Moussa Dembele could snub Europe's biggest clubs and stay at Celtic for the duration of his four-year contract, according to his agent. Real Madrid are the latest top side to have been linked with Dembele, who has scored 27 goals in all competitions since joining from Fulham in June. The boy is doing well, Celtic are doing well and we as agents are doing the right things for everyone – but it's so important to focus on the right things.
Mauricio Pochettino has claimed it will take him just 50 seconds to know whether or not Tottenham Hotspur will stage a Europa League fightback at Wembley on Thursday night. The national stadium is sold out for the game against Gent, who lead Spurs by a single goal after last week's first leg in Belgium, with manager Pochettino aware that a positive start at Wembley will be crucial.