Rooney in contention for Anderlecht

Jose Mourinho could name Wayne Rooney on the bench for Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Anderlecht on Thursday.

The 31-year-old has been sidelined with hamstring, ankle and knee injuries this season, last playing in the league against West Brom in January.


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But he is back in full training and may well be fit enough to be named among the substitutes as United look to build on their 1-1 draw from the first leg.

Mourinho told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday: "He's working now, he's improving and if in this training session [this afternoon] the answer is positive, I would select him to be on the bench tomorrow.

"He's experienced, his know-how of this knockout phase – I think he's a player that can be useful tomorrow. If we need a goal, he can help us. If we need to keep a result, to keep the ball, to keep control of the game by having possession, he can help us too. So, hopefully, his answer in the training session is positive."

Mourinho added that while there were no fresh injuries to his squad, Juan Mata, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling remain sidelined.

He continued: "[There are] no injuries from the game [against Chelsea] but also nobody recovered so no Mata, Jones, Smalling. They are out and still out. And Wayne is the only one that is possible, if it's possible."