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Mourinho says Rooney will miss Europa game v Anderlecht

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 01:14

Manchester United's Mourinho confirms Rooney will not play the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht, says the Reds' will need their best game against the Belgian side.

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SHOWS: ANDERLECHT, BELGIUM (APRIL 12, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED COACH, JOSE MOURINHO, ON WAYNE ROONEY'S ABSENCE FOR THE GAME, SAYING: "He is not happy with his condition. He's trying to work with the team, which he does, but he's not confident, he's not happy. He has bad feelings with his ankle and he's not ready to play. Let's see for the weekend, let's see for next week. We don't have many players and need anyone with a minimum of condition to play, to try to be available. But for tomorrow, no." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED COACH, JOSE MOURINHO, SAYING: "Let's go to a scenario where we have to play in one week Tottenham, Southampton, Crystal Palace and then the Europa League final. If we have no chances in the Premier League, everyone has to accept that I just focus on the Europa League." STORY: Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, on Wednesday (April 12) said that captain Wayne Rooney "is not happy with his condition" and will miss the Europa League quarter-final first leg against Anderlecht on Thursday (April 13). Rooney, the all-time leading goalscorer for club and country, has missed the last two games and was not in the squad that arrived in Brussels on Wednesday. Manchester United have set their sights on winning the Europa League as an alternative route into next year's Champions League. United are fifth in the Premier League, four points behind Manchester City, who occupy the final qualifying spot for next season's Champions League. The Europa League winners, however, also qualify for the Champions League.

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Mourinho says Rooney will miss Europa game v Anderlecht

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 01:14