‘He can start’, Jose Mourinho reveals ‘forgotten midfielder’ may feature against Bristol City

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return to first-team contention when the Red Devils take on Bristol City in the League Cup quarter-final.

The Armenia international has been restricted to playing time since the last international break, with just one substitute appearance coming in the 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Speaking in the lead-up to the Bristol game, Mourinho admitted that the attacker could make his start in more than 45 days, although he is unlikely to make wholesale changes to his lineup.

“He can. I am making a few changes for the match, not many, because Bristol is one of the best teams in the Championship and for me now the Championship is not the Championship of five or 10 years ago,” he told Sky Sports News.

Bristol City have performed above their expectations in the Championship this term, and Mourinho will most probably go with his best combination up front featuring the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

Should United progress, they could expect a potential exciting test in the two-legged semi-final with Arsenal and Manchester City already through whilst Chelsea could be fancied to secure a win over Bournemouth.

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