Jose Mourinho fears worst over Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo injuries
Apr 21 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Rooney has played just twice in 2 1/2 months due to injury niggles - the latest being an ankle problem - and the fact he has dropped down the pecking order of strikers at United, behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford.
"I have to keep working, performing and giving what the manager wants me to give", he told the club's website.
When asked about the initial prognosis, Mourinho said it was, "Fairly negative". "The same way I know the players much better now and the players should know me also much better now".
"We have Daley Blind who has experience in the position and I think it is time for Jones and Smalling to be fearless and to risk because for the team you have to do everything, that is the way I think. The same way I know the players so much better now, the players should know me also much better now", goal.com quoted Mourinho as saying.
Winning the Europa League would guarantee a Champions League place, even if United finish outside the Premier League's top four.
"We have felt that kind of performance coming", said the versatile England worldwide, United's captain against Chelsea.
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"He is about that". I was thinking about him and [fellow substitute Marouane] Fellaini both at the same time but, because I made a change with Marcos Rojo, I couldn't do that and he didn't play.
"But he needs to give me things that I like".
"I can say priority for Sergio to play in the Europa League, yes, but we had some matches when David played".
"He's working now and improving and if in today's training session the answer is positive I will select him to be on the bench tomorrow", said Mourinho.
United revitalised their season and blew open the Premier League title race by sinking leaders Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday in a tactical masterclass by manager Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic sits on the pitch before being taken off with an injury during the Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Manchester United and Anderlecht at Old Trafford stadium, in Manchester, England, Thursday, April 20, 2017.