Wayne Rooney marks comeback with goal as Manchester United beat Burnley

Paola Ditto
Aprile 24, 2017

The Swede's knee hyper-extended during the Red Devils' victory over Anderlecht in the Europa League and the long-term nature of the injury means the striker could have already made his final appearance in a United shirt.ESPN says the forward will be out until January 2018 after seriously damaging his right knee. One thing is for sure, I decide when its time to stop and nothing else.

"First of all, thank you for all the support and love", Ibrahimovic wrote in a caption accompanying a photo of his legs after United beat Burnley 2-0 in his absence on Sunday.

Asked whether Ibrahimovic would play again, the Portuguese replied: "I don't care about it in this moment, I just want the player to recover the best he can".

Speaking after the game, Mourinho said: "We cry because we have two important injuries in two incredible guys. If I was Smalling or Jones, I would play Thursday, with anything, I would", Mourinho said.

The midfielder was forced off in the final minute at Turf Moor and Mourinho said afterwards he is unsure whether the midfielder will be ready to face City. I doubt it. Knowing Jose Mourinho's history, I suspect this was more a case of the Man United manager attempting to remind everybody just how unlucky he has been with injures.

"But as I was saying, if he can not play Thursday he can not play Thursday". If he can not play Thursday, he can not play Thursday and we play another one.

Victory for United at the Etihad Stadium would lift them two points above City with five games remaining. "I will rotate players again, I will rest some players again, and let's see what we can do", he said.

A fourth Premier League win in a row would also see United join third-placed Liverpool on 66 points.

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