Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed captain Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial will be missing through injury, for their Europa League second leg with FC Rostov on Thursday at Old Trafford.
United have an advantage after netting an away ball in last weeks 1-1 of the last 16 first leg in Russia, but they have endured a heavy schedule since then, losing 1-0 to Chelsea Monday evening in the FA Cup Quarter -final.
However Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was absent from the Chelsea match due to serving a 3-match FA suspension will be available for selection as will Herrera, their suspensions only applying to domestic matches.
Speaking during a new conference Mourinho said: “[Rooney’s] injured — some kick in his knee area, so he can’t even come out to the pitch. He stays inside the medical department.
“[Martial] was injured for the Chelsea match and the Tuesday morning training session, so he’s out of my mind. I don’t think about him. We have the same players we had in the last match, plus [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic returning to the Europa League.
“We know that the 1-1 result leaves everything open. We know Rostov is a very good team. We are so many matches away and some of those are against big opponents who have experience in the Champions League. 1-1 is a very doubtful result.
“Tomorrow we go with everything that we have, the fans will give us a little bit of extra energy. Tomorrow we believe we can cope with the situation and reach the quarterfinal. Its’ a very important competition for us, we said that from the beginning. In every match since day one, we’ve played with a very strong selection.”
Meanwhile Mourinho was right last week when he expressed his anger over the state of the Rostov pitch that he compared to a field, as one week later the Russian club has been banned from holding home games on the Olimp-2 Stadium.