Rooney to return for Europa League tie against Anderlecht

      

Rooney to return for Europa League tie against Anderlecht

Picture: Carlos Chamorro

Manchester United talisman Wayne Rooney will return for today's game against Anderlecht in the Europa League following time out with ankle injury.

Rumours about the 31-year-old leaving United at the end of the season have intensified recently, with suggested big-money destinations for Rooney being China, the MLS and former club Everton.

Speaking before United’s training session on Wednesday, Mourinho said: “He is working now; he is improving. And if in this training session the answer is positive, I would select him to be on the bench tomorrow.

“He is experienced. He has know-how of this knock-out phase. He is a player that can be useful and if we need a goal he can help us. If we need to keep the result, to keep the ball, to keep control of the game by having possession, he can help us too.

“So hopefully his answer in the training session is positive.”

Meanwhile, United will be without the services of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to start following a substitute appearance against Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday. Ibrahimovic, who is United’s top goal-scorer this season, is yet to decide whether to trigger his one-year extension to stay at the club, but Mourinho is not concerned about that.

He said: “I don’t think about whether it would be a perfect ending for him, I just think about Manchester United.”

 

 

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17