Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Former Man United man compares Rashford to Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Man United man compares Rashford to Cristiano Ronaldo

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker already stated that he will not retire following his knee injury and Mourinho has now also backed the attacker to overcome his physical problems, although he does not know whether Ibrahimovic will stay at United.

Smalling came out of a protective knee brace last week while Jones is recovering from a broken toe but an unsympathetic Mourinho had said that, had it been himself injured, he would have declared himself available within 24 hours.

"I'm not interested in it, I don't care about it", said the United manager, who also revealed Paul Pogba will miss Thursday's derby at Manchester City.

The Swedish striker has undergone surgery in Los Angeles and is highly unlikely to resume his United career, with his contract ending in June.

"I think the next step will be something he really wants, which is what I said before the injury in the period of doubt about his future".

'I think I've got a lot to offer, and as I keep saying, I'm looking forward to these next few games, get a few under my belt, and get to where I want to be at the end of the season and see what happens there'.

Wayne Rooney says that his overhead kick victor against Manchester City in 2011 is his "most important" goal for Manchester United.

"I don't know, I don't want to know", Mourinho told his pre-match press conference.

Pogba limped off just before full-time in the 2-0 league win at Burnley last Sunday with a hamstring injury and was an absentee for Thursday's 0-0 draw with local rivals Manchester City as a result.

"Paul? No", was Mourinho's response when asked about the France midfielder's chances of playing.

Injuries to Smalling, Jones and Marcos Rojo have left Eric Bailly as United's only fit senior centreback and Mourinho has publicly called on the England pair to put their bodies on the line.

His Manchester City side now sit fourth, with their opponents this week, Manchester United, just a point behind in fifth. "And we go, we go". We fight with what we have.

"For me, the development has been going great all the way through".

Despite being a pivotal encounter in the battle for a top-four spot, the stakes are somewhat lower than when Guardiola and Jose Mourinho clashed on either side of El Clasico's divide.

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