Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United are “in trouble” after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo were added to his long list of injured stars on Thursday night.
United’s progression to the Europa League semi-finals came at a cost as the key duo were forced off during the 2-1 extra-time win over Anderlecht.
Rojo was taken off on a stretcher after seemingly sustaining a knee injury and Ibrahimovic landed awkwardly just before the quarter-final second leg went to extra-time.
The veteran striker’s knee buckled and Mourinho fears the worst when it comes to the injuries sustained by his top scorer and influential defender.
Both are being assessed to see how long they will join Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on the sidelines for at a crucial point in the season, with United chasing Europa League glory and a top-four finish.
“We are in trouble,” Mourinho said. “We are in trouble.
“In this moment, Eric Bailly played six matches in a row, and we lost Marcos Rojo, we don’t have Jones or Smalling, we are in trouble and now we lose Zlatan too.
“But in attack, we have options and [Wayne] Rooney is coming, and let’s see if Mata can also return before the end of the season, let’s see what happens.”