May 27, 2018

Mourinho fears the worst over Ibrahimovic injury

21 April 2017, 09:07 | Joan Schultz

Jose Mourinho fears the worst after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo were forced off with serious-looking injuries as Manchester United reached the Europa League semi-finals.

"I know we are together for nearly 10 months now".

"I think we had like 17 shots and 10 on target, something like that but the game was hard".

Regarding 19-year-old Rashford, Mourinho said: "It is hard for the kid to play every match, but I always trust the players with special mentalities".

If Ibrahimovic does indeed miss the next few matches as it appears he will, Mourinho will need Rashford to get the goals to secure Champions League football next season, be that via the Premier League or the Europa League.

"Do I think he can play successfully for me?"

The Swede injured his right knee and as he has yet to agree a new one-year deal at United there are fears the 35-year-old might never play for the club again should it prove a long-term problem. Yes, I think so.

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"I am very thankful to him (Mourinho)".

Henrik Mkhitaryan had given United the lead with a shot just inside the box from a Rashford pull back after just 10 minutes, before Sofiane Hanni fired home an Anderlecht equaliser 32 minutes later after a shot had come back off the crossbar.

"I was not disappointed with Zlatan, I was disappointed with the team", said Mourinho, who dropped Ibrahimovic to the bench for the win over Chelsea. "With his experience and know-how of this knockout phase, he is a player who can be useful".

"It didn't turn out well for us result-wise but we put in an excellent first half and a we had a couple of chances to get the second goal as well, which would have been decisive".

Anderlecht then had a great chance to go level on the night and ahead on away goals in the tie, only for Frank Acheampong to see his header saved by Sergio Romero.

"Herrera plays. He didn t play (against Anderlecht)", said Mourinho.

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