Mourinho waiting for tests on Rojo and Ibra

Mourinho recently said Jones and Smalling wouldn't be back until mid-May but with Rojo now out, the coach called on the England center backs to play through the pain barrier to help out the team.

The FC crew weigh the potential impact on Man United if Zlatan Ibrahimovic misses an extended period of time. "I want to wait and to be optimistic but I am not", Mourinho told reporters.

"That is why I kept Marcus on the team the whole time - for months he was not scoring a goal, but my trust in the boy is always based on his mentality".

"He hadn't scored since September, some players don't understand what I want but Marcus I trust. It doesn't matter, score or doesn't score, he is fantastic in his effort and attitude".

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Year 2 was always going to be more of a test, but while it would be an exaggeration to suggest that the young Mancunian has suffered a severe bout of so-called second-season syndrome, it has certainly been a more hard campaign than he would have imagined.

Marcus Rashford has returned to peak form when Manchester United need him most.

Given Rashford's meteoric rise, it's easy to forget the fact that he's still only 19 years old.

That option now looks likely to have gone, but Rashford's sensational performance during Sunday's 2-0 win against Chelsea in a central role had already set in motion the campaign for the youngster to take Ibrahimovic's place even before injury struck the 35-year-old.

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United first went ahead in the 10th minute after a finely measured pass from Paul Pogba found Rashford wide on the left.

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic also suffered a major injury, and it's possible that the Swedish superstar may have played his final game in a United shirt.

"You cannot do miracles, so miracles I don't expect but you have to do everything to accelerate the process. with a special spirit you can (come back) sooner than expected".

It cast a shadow over United's evening, but Rashford's superb strike ensured they took up a place in the last four. But from that moment we were in control and it was just a question of scoring and not conceding.

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Yet Mourinho insisted that United will not rely on the Europa League for their ticket in to the Champions League.

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