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 30 65 81
2 Manchester United FC 30 35 65
3 Liverpool FC 31 39 63
4 Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 34 61
5 Chelsea FC 30 25 56
6 Arsenal FC 30 14 48
7 Burnley FC 30 1 43
8 Leicester City FC 30 2 40
9 Everton FC 31 -13 40
10 AFC Bournemouth 31 -12 36
11 Watford FC 31 -16 36
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 -12 34
13 Newcastle United FC 30 -10 32
14 Swansea City FC 30 -17 31
15 Huddersfield Town 31 -27 31
16 Crystal Palace FC 31 -18 30
17 West Ham United FC 30 -21 30
18 Southampton FC 30 -15 28
19 Stoke City FC 31 -29 27
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 31 -25 20