Anderlecht v Man United: Europa League quarter-final preview, line-ups & predictions


Mourinho refused to be drawn on De Gea's future amid English tabloid speculation linking the Spain worldwide with a summer move to Real Madrid, in a swap deal involving Germany midfielder Toni Kroos.

The Portuguese coach hopes to restore United among Europe's elite next season by winning the Europa League or finishing in the top four of the Premier League.

David de Gea was forced to miss the win over Sunderland with a hip injury while Antonio Valencia has missed the last two games, but Mourinho has suggested that both will be back available for their midweek trip.

"We have to treat every game in that competition now like it's a final", the full-back stressed to the press.

But Mourinho insists that an extended absence from the Champions League would not harm a club of United's size and stature.

"[Paul] Pogba is also a great player but we will see his best in the Premier League next season".

Sergio Romero is expected to continue in goal in the absence of David De Gea.

The race for a place in the Premier League's top four looks set to be the most exciting for some time, with up to six sides fighting it out to finish in the three places behind champions-elect Chelsea.

"He is not happy with his condition", Mourinho said of Rooney, who trained on the eve of the game in Manchester.

"I think if the player is (effected by speculation), he shouldn't because we are playing for very important things and every match for us is crucial".

"The end of the season is the time when players can be thinking about what is going to happen in their careers".

Dolberg was one of the stars of the Dutch league early in the season but has been sidelined in recent weeks by an injury he picked up in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Following the triple bomb blast on Tuesday that saw Borussia Dortmund's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco postponed 24 hours - and left Spanish defender Marc Bartra nursing a fractured wrist - Mourinho said United would be shutting out any such security concerns.

'But honestly, I have a special feeling in the Europa League and the players the same because it's a competition we can win.

'So Manchester United doesn't need to play Champions League.

Manchester United won 5-1 at home, but Anderlecht avenged that loss with a 2-1 victory on their own soil.