Jose Mourinho fearing the worst over Ibrahimovic injury – ‘I’m not optimistic’

first_img1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic was forced off just before extra-time with a knee problem Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho fears the worst after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo were forced off with serious-looking injuries as Manchester United reached the Europa League semi-finals.Having impressively beaten Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday, United were made to sweat by Anderlecht as Marcus Rashford’s extra-time winner sealed a 3-2 aggregate victory at Old Trafford.But victory came at a cost as increasingly important defender Rojo left the field on a stretcher in the first half, before top scorer Ibrahimovic’s knee buckled after landing awkwardly just before extra-time.Asked about the condition of the pair, Mourinho said: “I want to wait, but my feeling is not good for both.“I want to wait and try to be optimistic, but I am not.”Ibrahimovic was able to hobble off after the injury and Rojo told reporters he was “okay” while limping heavily through the post-match mixed zone.The Argentina international, so impressive this term, is another blow to a defence already without Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.Mourinho last week said the England centre-backs were out until mid-May, but suggested after the Anderlecht win that they need to be “brave”.“We have Daley Blind, who has experience in the position, and I think it is time for Jones and Smalling to be brave – to risk,” the United boss, who seemed to criticise Smalling’s pain threshold earlier in the season, said.“Because for the team you have to do everything, that is the way I think.“You cannot do miracles, so miracles I don’t expect, but they have to try to do everything to accelerate the process.“They have injuries, and even with a crazy mentality, they cannot play Sunday (at Burnley in the Premier League).“But with a special spirit, you can (come back) sooner than expected. So instead of mid-May, it could be the beginning of May, this kind of acceleration of the process.”last_img read more

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