Double trouble Manchester United double FA Cup final boost with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both expected to be fit

Attacking duo are set to be ready for United's showpiece clash against Chelsea where they are targeting winning the Cup for stricken Sir Alex Ferguson

08 May 2018 - 17:15

MANCHESTER UNITED have received a double FA Cup final boost with the news that Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez are both expected to be fit for the Wembley showdown with Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho blasted Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial after United’s horror show defeat at Brighton on Friday, when they were without their usual strike duo.

Alexis Sanchez took a knock in United's 2-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford

 Romelu Lukaku also limped off during the Red Devils' 2-1 win over the Gunners
 
Romelu Lukaku also limped off during the Red Devils' 2-1 win over the Gunners

Chilean ace Sanchez, scorer of the crucial semi-final equaliser against Spurs, was missing with a minor groin problem.

Belgian star Lukaku, United’s top scorer with 27 goals in his debut Old Trafford season, also missed out with an ankle problem.

But Mourinho has now been given upbeat medical bulletins on both players, who could even be available for Sunday’s final Premier League game of the season at home to Watford.

Whether Mourinho would wish to risk either of them breaking down and missing the Cup final is another issue, but the green light for both to play against Chelsea is a significant positive for the United boss.

 Mourinho, right, was unhappy with the performances of some of his players during United's 1-0 defeat to Brighton on the South Coast
 
Mourinho, right, was unhappy with the performances of some of his players during United's 1-0 defeat to Brighton on the South Coast
 Romelu Lukaku has been United's leading scorer in the league this season with 16 Prem goals
 
Romelu Lukaku has been United's leading scorer in the league this season with 16 Prem goals
 Marcus Rashford failed to score for United during their defeat to Brighton
 
Marcus Rashford failed to score for United during their defeat to Brighton

The side are targeting victory in the Cup final so they can dedicate the trophy to Sir Alex Ferguson, who was taken in for emergency surgery on a brain haemorrhage.

The Scot, 76, is reportedly sitting up and talking after a life-saving operation at Salford Royal.



Ashley Young told TalkSPORT of his distress at hearing the news of Sir Alex's plight.

He said: "I was deeply affected, sad and I was lost for words. You can only hope and pray that everything is going to be OK.

"Everyone at the club is wishing him all the best and his family as well.

"He is a great man. I have the utmost respect for him as all the players you speak to will have."

 

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