Mourinho fears worst after Ibrahimovic, Rojo blows

Marcos Rojo

Marcus Rashford scored a dramatic victor in extra time against Anderlecht to send Manchester United into the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The veteran Swede's enforced exit after landing awkwardly saw Rashford lead the line and the outrageously-talented 19-year-old struck the decisive blow, showing wonderful composure and skill to strike a 107th-minute victor.

"Some other players don't realise what makes me trust a player".

"We created a few chances and didn't take them again - we thought it might be one of those nights", he said after a victory that came at a cost due to Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffering injuries.

Further, as he has yet to sign an extension with his current deal expiring this summer, it was suggested that he may well have played his last game for United.

After the match, Mourinho spoke of the difficulty his players had in navigating the Belgians to advance to the semi-finals.

"At 1-1 you are at risk".

"You speak about his qualities and they are fantastic", Mourinho said of the highly-rated academy graduate. "I knew him like everyone else, what he could say, what people said about him, but I immediately liked him".

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Ibrahimovic was injured just before the whistle for the end of regular time.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho (on the injuries sustained by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo): "I want to wait, but my feeling is not good for both. I can not do that because I am the manager and not the doctor".

"It is an important title and we have to keep going". Today showed how hard it is.

"One yellow card, he misses the semi-finals".

Both are being assessed to see how long they will join Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on the sidelines for at a crucial point in the season, with United chasing Europa League glory and a top-four finish.

Following the 27-year-old's injury, here's a selection of responses from United fans.

When it was put to him that he was facing a significant lack of options at centre-back, Mourinho mentioned Daley Blind - Rojo's replacement from the bench - before suggesting Jones and Smalling needed to be "brave".

"It is time for Jones and Smalling to be fearless, to risk, because for the team we have to do everything". But no, they can not do miracles.

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