Jose Mourinho wants to protect Wayne Rooney after suggesting the Manchester United captain “can’t afford” to perform badly.
Rooney was dropped from United’s starting XI for the 4-1 victory over Leicester City after a terrible start to the season.
The 30-year-old was expected to return to the side for the Europa League clash with Ukrainian outfit Zorya Luhansk, but may miss out with a fitness concern.
“I was completely convinced of playing him tomorrow” Mourinho said.
“I’m not sure if I do that because with the situation that you create to him I think he really can’t afford to have a performance that is not really good and I am here to protect him and have to analyse the best thing for him.
“If he is not totally ready for it, I will discuss that with the medical staff.”