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Jose Mourinho provides injury update on Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Jose Mourinho provides injury update on Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Goal scorer Rooney told Sky Sports he felt "strong" after only his second start of 2017, adding that the result had set United up perfectly for the derby.

United stayed in fifth place but is now a point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, with the cross-town rivals meeting in an eagerly anticipated derby match at City's Etihad Stadium on Thursday.

Since damaging knee ligaments in stoppage time of Manchester United's Europa League quarter final against Anderlecht last week, the future has looked very uncertain for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. As to whether that will be at Old Trafford or elsewhere remains to be seen, but the "unfinished business" narrative might well sway him towards staying for another season under José Mourinho. Manchester United: David De Gea 6, Matteo Darmian 6, Eric Bailly 7, Daley Blind 6, Ashley Young 6, Ander Herrera 6, Marouane Fellaini 7, Paul Pogba 7, Jesse Lingard 7, Wayne Rooney 6, Anthony Martial 8.

Ibrahimovic has likely played his final game for United as his one-year contract expires at the end of the current campaign, while Rojo had become a regular option at centre-half for Mourinho over the past few month, although neither were greatly missed against the Clarets.

Mourinho said was delighted with the way his players responded after their extra-time win against Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday.

On Sunday night, the United striker thanked fans for their concern, and appeared to hit out at those who suggested he might retire due to his age and the considerable severity of his injury.

Martial's opener was a classic counter-attack that ended with a goal that would have been celebrated both in Manchester and Monaco.

Rooney made it 2-0, with his 251st goal, in the 39th minute, reacting well to poke home from close range after Burnley keeper Tom Heaton failed to hold on to a low shot from Martial.

Andre Gray saw an attempt to reduce the deficit blocked just before half-time, with the second period just minutes old when Pogba stung the palms of former United goalkeeper Heaton.


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