Rooney in line for Anderlecht return

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The Swedish striker was rested against Chelsea at the weekend after feeling exhausted, but with the Europa League final set to take place in Stockholm, the striker will be hoping to help United take a massive step towards the showpiece match in his home country.

Thursday night's opening goal was Mkhitaryan's fifth in the Europa League this season following his strike in Brussels last week and previous efforts against Zorya Luhansk, St Etienne and Rostov. He had fallen behind the other options at Mourinho's disposal, the manager said, as he questioned his work ethic. "If we can play like we did against Chelsea, then I am sure we can get through against Anderlecht and into the semi-finals".

Jose Mourinho, in his pre-match press conference, revealed that Juan Mata, Phil Jones, and Chris Smalling will miss this second leg match.

"So do I think Anthony is a player with great potential?"

After putting an end to his recent goal drought, Marcus Rashford has recaptured the form that initially saw him lauded as one of the most exciting young talents to come out of Manchester United's academy in years.

However, his former Old Trafford team-mate Michael Owen believes that United shouldn't hesitate to give the 35-year-old veteran midfielder a new deal because he offers something that none of the current squad can. Do I think he can play successfully for me? "The same way I know the players much better now and the players should know me also much better now", Mourinho told reporters on Wednesday.

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Elsewhere, Schalke over-turned a 2-0 first leg deficit to beat Ajax 3-0 in another tie that went to extra-time. But Wayne Rooney will likely return to the bench, after the striker recovered from an ankle injury.

United's win over Chelsea enhanced their chances of securing a top-four finish in the league, leaving them four points behind fourth-place Manchester City with a game in hand.

"We do need a goal tomorrow but we need to be prudent as well".

And Mourinho doesn't want his players to be overconfident in spite of their impressive showing against the league leaders just four days ago. "We don't have many players".

"I know we are together for nearly 10 months", Mourinho told a news conference when asked if he was happy with Martial's performances.

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