Sergio Romero targets replacing David de Gea as Manchester United number one

Wayne Rooney will start from the bench in Manchester United's Europa League quarterfinal second-leg tie against Anderlecht on Thursday.

Carrick captained United against Anderlecht, and Owen said: 'Especially with what they've got at the moment in there, I think they'd be very wise to sign him up for another season at least'.

That leaves Marcus Rashford - who has just five Premier League goals this season - their most prolific and fit player, especially after the victor here.

"I don't think about whether it would be a ideal ending for him, I just think about Manchester United", said Mourinho.

"The same way I have to go in the direction of the players, the players they have also to come in my direction and that's the point. If we had won 3-0 it would be a nice game now and I could play some of the younger boys without any pressure".

United's injury woes took another turn for the worse at the end of regulation time, Ibrahimovic limping down the tunnel after landing awkwardly from an aerial challenge with Kara, Anthony Martial replacing him for extra time.

"A lot of people will say things about me but I just keep my head down and work hard".

A 1-1 draw at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium saw United score a crucial away goal that gives them the edge ahead of the second leg.

Outcome? When he did return, in December, Mkhitaryan scored in three consecutive games, helping United to wins in the Europa League, over Tottenham and Sunderland.

Marcus Rashford might not strike fans as the natural choice for taking set pieces, but clearly Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has seen something we haven't.

Anderlecht face United at Old Trafford on Thursday evening for a place in the last four of the Europa League.

"But the news is fairly negative I think". I can not say every match is for one or another. The piquancy of the occasion is sharpened by the promise of Champions League football next season for the victor of the Europa League. "We don't have many players. The reality is Sergio is very stable, is very experienced, is playing very well". However, Mourinho's dissatisfaction did not just stop with Martial, pointedly answering one question about Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a way that made it apparent he had expected more from the midfielder in the Premier League.

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