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Mourinho critical of England's Rashford plans

Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:57

Jose Mourinho kissed a lucky charm just minutes before Manchester United scored their victor against Anderlecht.

Jose Mourinho said he was not feeling optimistic about the injuries sustained by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo as Manchester United secured a place in the Europa League semi-finals.

Having so impressively dispatched of Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday, United were made to sweat by Anderlecht after Henrikh Mkhitaryan's early strike was cancelled out by an equaliser from skipper Sofiane Hanni.

It was Marcus Rashford who sent United through as he scored the winning goal in the 107th minute after the hosts had missed a string of chances.

Rojo was carried off in the first half on a stretcher while Ibrahimovic hobbled off late in the game after landing awkwardly following an aerial challenge.

The Special One continued: "I don't think they are easy injuries but I prefer to wait until all the tests are done tomorrow".

"We have (Eric) Bailly and (Daley) Blind who have experience and it's time for Jones and Smalling to be courageous - to (take a) risk - because for the team you have to do everything".

"OK, you speak about his qualities, his quality is fantastic", Mourinho told reporters at Old Trafford. They can not make miracles, they have injuries and even in a insane mentality they can not play Sunday.

The high-tension cable fell on a crowded shack showing the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht in the southern city of Calabar.

Speaking on BBC Sport's 606 podcast, Wright said: "I champion Marcus Rashford all the time because he gives them an edge and the pace".

With both men now sidelined, he said: "I think it's time. So instead of coming mid-May you can come beginning May - this kind of acceleration of the process", he said.

However, some weren't overly impressed with the performance of Mourinho's side on Thursday...

Ahead of Friday's draw for the semi-final, which also features Ajax, Lyon and Celta Vigo, the Portuguese added: "I'm relieved".