Michael Owen reacts to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s injury in Man United’s 1-0 win at Saint-Etienne

The former Manchester United striker insists Jose Mourinho has the players to cope with Henrikh Mkhitaryan's injury

Michael Owen has insisted that Manchester United have the players to cope with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s absence after the midfielder picked up an injury during their 1-0 win at Saint-Etienne on Wednesday evening.

Jose Mourinho made a number of changes to the side that eased to a 3-0 win against Saint-Etienne in the first leg of their last-32 clash in the Europa League at Old Trafford last week.

Mkhitaryan was named in the starting line-up despite being in the Manchester United XI for their 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round at Ewood Park on Sunday afternoon.

And the Armenia international broke the deadlock with a deft finish in the 16th minute in France thanks to Juan Mata’s superb cross into the area which found the playmaker.

However, the 28-year-old’s evening took a turn for the worse when he was replaced in the second half with a suspected hamstring injury ahead of the EFL Cup final at Wembley this weekend.

Speaking to BT Sport about Mkhitaryan’s injury, Owen said: “It is [the price you pay for a strong team].

“If it happened to a couple of other players, you’d be really cursing your decision. Mkhitaryan has been brilliant the last few weeks, but there are options.

“If Ibrahimovic got injured, you’re thinking maybe they could have avoided it. There is Martial and Rashford. There are lots of players. Yes, it is a blow, but it isn’t a disaster at this stage. The squad is a big one full of quality.”

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