Wayne Rooney will not be involved against Sunderland on Sunday after Jose Mourinho revealed the striker was “not available”.
Mourinho was asked about the club’s injury situation and he made it clear that Ashley Young was ruled out through injury, while making sure he did not put Rooney in the same bracket.
The 31-year-old has only started one United game in the last two months – the recent 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.
He missed around three weeks with a knee problem, but was expected to be available for selection before Mourinho revealed he was not in the squad to face Sunderland.
Mourinho said: “Rooney is not available. Young is injured and there is no more news, because with Mata, Smalling and Jones you already know we are speaking about old injuries.”
Rooney is expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, but at this rate he could well be leaving by the back door.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has made a decision of the future of Sunderland loanee Adnan Januzaj.
The United boss was asked about the 22-year-old winger, who is on loan on Wearside until the end of the season, and he revealed he has made his mind up, but refused to reveal if Januzaj’s future was at Old Trafford.