Ibrahimovic and Rojo facing lengthy spells out with serious knee injuries

The ex-Sweden worldwide is United's top scorer this season, with 28 goals.

Manchester United have revealed that both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo have both sustained "significant knee ligament damage" to effectively confirm that the duo will miss the remainder of the season.

Ander Herrera and Ashley Young, described by Mourinho as "fresh to play" after not featuring in midweek, appear set to feature at Turf Moor, where Burnley have won 10 of their 16 league games this term.

United managed to come through a hard quarter-final tie in the UEFA Europa League against Anderlecht on Thursday evening but both Ibrahimović and Marcos Rojo suffered injuries which are likely to keep the pair out for a considerable period of time.

"Surgery success rates are good, however, given that Zlatan is now 35-years-old, it's unlikely he'll play again at the highest level, although he may chose to end his career with a season in China or the MLS".

"The injuries are really big", he told Sky Sports prior to the win over Burnley.

"No player deserves to be injured, but even more so [these two]".

Rooney highlighted the importance of the likes of himself and Martial stepping up to help the team following injuries to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.

Swedish star Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in his first season in English football while Rojo has established himself as a first-choice centre back under Jose Mourinho.

This comes at a time of mounting injury crisis at Old Trafford, with midfielder Juan Mata sidelined for the rest of the season while defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have also been struggling.

Ibrahimovic had been a talismanic presence for United prior to picking up an untimely knock. Manchester United will be looking to close the gap on fourth-placed Manchester City to one point, while the Clarets will aim to get further away from the relegation threat.

"We pinned them back in the second half and started pushing as a team, which is what the game needed at that time".

  • Angelo Rivera