Jose Mourinho has confirmed Romelu Lukaku may not be fit to start against Chelsea in the FA Cup final. The Manchester United striker suffered an ankle injury two weeks ago, but returned to training this week ahead of the final game of the season. Lukaku was in line to feature against his former club, but Mourinho admitted he was unsure if his top goalscorer would be available.
2017’s FA Cup final Mourinho confirmed Anthony Martial would be fit to play against Chelsea. He said: ‘Martial is fit and Lukaku we have to wait until the last moment. ‘I don’t want to lie to you and say he doesn’t play and then he plays or vice versa, so Lukaku we have to wait.’
Lukaku would be a big miss to United who rely heavily on the Belgian’s hold-up play and goals. United head into the showdown as the favourites, but just like Chelsea the Red Devils have suffered with inconsistency this season. The Chelsea encounter will have a big impact on how United fans view the season, but Mourinho denied the game would define his side’s campaign.
He said: ‘People can do what they want. The same applies to yourself. ‘You can analyse the way you want to analyse and I can analyse the way I want, so everyone is free to go in the direction you want to go ‘Of course it makes a difference, but one thing is to make a difference and to consider it good or bad because of one match.’