Jose Mourinho: This player can prove useful in Man United v Anderlecht

The Manchester United manager believes Wayne Rooney could prove useful in the final stages of the Europa League

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney Photo: Hublot

Jose Mourinho believes Wayne Rooney could prove to be a useful player for Manchester United in their pursuit of Europa League glory.

The Red Devils played out a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final in Belgium last week.

Manchester United eased to a 2-0 victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea at Old Trafford to throw open the title race.

The 20-time English champions will host Anderlecht in the second leg on Thursday night with a place in the last four up for grabs.

Rooney has been sidelined with an ankle problem since a substitute appearance in Manchester United’s 1-1 stalemate with West Bromwich Albion.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of the visit of Belgian side Anderlecht, Manchester United manager Mourinho said:

“He’s working, he’s improving and, if in this session the answer is positive, I will select him to be on the bench tomorrow.

“His experience, his know-how of this knock-out phase – I think he’s a player that can be useful tomorrow. He can help us.”

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Manchester United haven’t won a European competition since a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea in the Champions League final in 2008.

Mourinho won Europe’s second tier competition in 2003 when Porto beat Martin O’Neill’s Celtic side.

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