Jose Mourinho not underestimating Ashton Gate challenge

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will make changes for his side’s Carabao Cup quarter-final at Bristol City but “not too many” as he respects the Championship high-flyers.

Mourinho has also suggested that out-of-favour playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to get a recall for the League Cup tie. The Armenian started his second season at the Red Devils in superb form, laying on five goals in United’s opening three Premier League fixtures but has failed to even make the substitutes bench in eight of the last night games United have played. Mourinho said that is likely to change at Ashton Gate but the United boss is not willing to take City, third in the Championship, lightly. “He [Mkhitaryan] can [return].

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,” said the Portuguese tactician. “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. But I am going to make a few changes and it is possible Mhiki is involved.”

United will aim to make the last four and move a step closer to defending the trophy lifted last season. The semi-final line-up is turning into a heavyweight affair after Arsenal and Manchester City booked their spots on Tuesday evening with wins over West Ham and Leicester respectively, while United and Chelsea – who face Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge – could now join them.

United are 1.44 to win at Bristol City, the home side are 7.00 to win, while the draw is 4.75.

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