Mourinho 'Not Optimistic' Over Rojo and Zlatan Injuries

Anthony Martial

The United manager, preparing for the second leg of the Europa League tie with Anderlecht, also admits he is uncertain what role Wayne Rooney will play as he struggles to overcome injuries.

Manchester United top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo suffered suspected knee injuries in the Europa League win over Anderlecht.

But the visitors responded, equalizing through skipper Sofiane Hanni a little over 20 minutes later.

Midfielder Michael Carrick, meanwhile, feared the worst when United wasted numerous chances in the second half of normal time. And if they maintain the level of aggression that they showed tonight, they have a chance.

Rashford offered these words to sum up a night that saw United miss a host of chances before they finally found a victor.

There was nearly a swagger about United's approach and they twice came close to instantly doubling their advantage with Pogba seeing a firm header tipped over by Anderlecht keeper Martinez Ruben who moments later excelled again as he pushed a curling Jesse Lingard shot wide. After 90 minutes, before I knew that I have to change Zlatan, I had Ashley Young ready to come on and (Luke) told me, 'I am going to play this 30 minutes with cramps.

Mourinho's charges eventually restored their lead in the 106th minute as Fellaini's knockdown found Rashford, who controlled well before firing into the bottom corner.

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Ibrahimovic was denied from close range, then saw penalty appeals waved away before he fired wide.

Chance after chance went a-begging for the Red Devils and they were forced into extra time, where Rashford finally struck in the 107th minute to cap off another fine display.

Earlier in the game Talisca scored tiwce for Besiktas on either side of a goal from Alexandre Lacazette to produce a result that called for spot kicks. Marcus Rashford and Martial have flashed their talent at times this season, but the Swede is by far United's best and most consistent option up front.

"We have Daley Blind, who has experience in the position, and I think it is time for Jones and Smalling to be courageous - to risk", the United boss, who seemed to criticise Smalling's pain threshold earlier in the season, said.

Mourinho said he expected to find out more about the two players' injuries within "a couple of days".

"At 1-1 you are at risk".

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