Cape Town - Wayne
Rooney has been left out of Manchester United's squad for the first-leg
of their Europa League quarter-final tie against Anderlecht on
Thursday, with manager Jose Mourinho saying the forward is "not
confident" about his fitness.
Rooney, who is United's club captain and all-time leading goalscorer,
has only been a bit-part for the Red Devils this season with injuries
and illness curtailing his appearances.
There has been speculation that the 31-year-old Rooney will leave Old
Trafford at the end of this campaign and with him missing an important
part of the closing stages this term as the club chase a top four finish
in the league and a continental trophy those noises will grow louder.
When asked about Rooney at the pre-match press conference on
Wednesday, Mourinho told reporters: "He's not confident, he's not happy,
he has bad feelings with his ankle and is not ready to play.
"Let's see for the weekend or for the next week.
"We don't have many players. We need everyone with the minimum of
conditions to play - to try and be available - but for tomorrow, no."
Meanwhile United play-maker Henrikh Mkhitaryan says they cannot afford to
underestimate Belgian giants Anderlecht in the Europa League
With the Premier League title out of touch for Jose
Mourinho's side, and with their form in the top flight all over the
place, winning the Europa League represents possibly their last chance
to qualify for the Champions League.
And, having reached that stage with Borussia Dortmund last season,
Mkhitaryan said winning their competition ranked high up on his list of