Mourinho: Why I didn't pick Martial against Chelsea

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 21, 2017

United host Anderlecht on Thursday night in the return leg of their Europa League quarter-final, with the tie finely poised at 1-1 from last week.

"I don't think they are easy injuries but I prefer to wait until all the tests are done and then speak".

But it was youngster Marcus Rashford who typified what Jose Mourinho's footballing idea has always been about.

Mourinho has criticised his attitude and performances previously this season, but with Rashford emerging from a lengthy goal drought in recent weeks, the United manager has urged Martial to learn from the England international's contribution.

Regarding 19-year-old Rashford, Mourinho said: "It is hard for the kid to play every match, but I always trust the players with special mentalities". That's why United have never won the Europa League, and why I won it in the only year I played in the competition, back in 2002/03.

Luke Shaw. The defender may be given a chance to finally prove himself under Jose Mourinho. You can't leave him alone for a single second, you can't give him too much space to operate. Do I think Anthony has potential? Yes.

Speaking before today's Europa League quarter-final, second-leg against Anderlecht at Old Trafford, Mourinho was asked his thoughts on the France worldwide and whether leaving him on the bench indicated he was not fully satisfied with him.

Despite dominating last week's first leg against Anderlecht, United returned from Brussels with a 1-1 draw, but Young says they have no doubt about their ability to finish the job.

Mourinho also said that Wayne Rooney could be back on the bench for today's game if he came through training yesterday without any reaction from an ankle injury. If not, one day you have a problem and the goalkeeper doesn't have the feeling for the match.

But from less than six yards out the world's most expensive player somehow managed to scoop his effort over the bar. Mourinho is hoping to be able to call on Rooney's experience if need be: "With his experience and know-how of this knockout phase, he is a player who can be useful".

With the team currently marooned outside the top four of the Premier League, it is thought victory in the Europa League now looks the most likely route to Champions League qualification next season.

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