Manchester United got a plethora of good news related to the status of some of their best players.
Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini are fit and ready to return for Manchester United’s FA Cup clash with Derby County while Michael Carrick has returned to training, manager Jose Mourinho has announced.
Lukaku missed the 2-0 over Everton on New Year’s Day due to a head injury while Fellaini has missed the last 11 games with knee issues.
Carrick is back in training after undergoing a routine heart procedure.
Additionally, Antonio Valencia should be available for the Stoke City match on January 15 after missing five games with a hamstring injury.
“Romelu is OK, Felliani is back, Carrick is back to training with the team” Mourinho said (h/t ESPN FC).
“Valencia will be back next week so not playing [against Derby] but back next week. The situation is improving for us.”
Mourinho insists he will pick a strong side despite facing a tough schedule.
“I always give a lot of respect to the cups, of course the FA Cup is special in relation to the League Cup, but even the League Cup I was one of the first managers to go to the League Cup to win it.
“The draw was not nice to us because we are playing a Premier League team. You look at the players they are not Championship players. I’ve played the majority in the Premier League.
“I’ll play with a good team, then the result is out of you control.
“To go with a strong team with first team players, I’m going to play it like a Premier League match.
“I’m going to play Romero because he’s a top keeper and he deserves to play. David deserves a rest.
“Romero will be Argentina’s World Cup keeper. He plays but I’m going to play with a team that I consider very strong.”