Rooney to return for Europa League tie against Anderlecht

      

Rooney to return for Europa League tie against Anderlecht

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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 38 79 100
2 Manchester United FC 38 40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 46 75
5 Chelsea FC 38 24 70
6 Arsenal FC 38 23 63
7 Burnley FC 38 -3 54
8 Everton FC 38 -14 49
9 Leicester City FC 38 -4 47
10 Newcastle United FC 38 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace FC 38 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 -16 44
13 West Ham United FC 38 -20 42
14 Watford FC 38 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 -30 37
17 Southampton FC 38 -19 36
18 Swansea City FC 38 -28 33
19 Stoke City FC 38 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 38 -25 31