United in must-win tie in Europa League
Manchester United need to get up and running in the Europa League with victory against Zorya Luhansk, says Jose Mourinho.
United welcome the Ukrainian side to Old Trafford today desperately seeking their first points in Group A, the Red Devils having lost their opener 1-0 at Feyenoord on matchday one.
Many expected Mourinho to treat the Europa League as secondary to their Premier League exploits, but the United boss is fully focused on progressing in Europe as well.
"It's very important," he told a news conference. "To be honest I think we have to win.
"If we don't win, we have four matches [left in the group] and I would say we have to all the last four matches, which is difficult. We need to win."
Mourinho rested a number of first-team stars for the opening game of the group at De Kuip, but he will change his approach against Zorya, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial both included. He added: "Zlatan starts. "We have two matches and then he has two weeks without football. For him he just has to play tomorrow and then against Stoke, then two weeks without football. Zlatan is one of the players who will have plenty of time to recover.
"He [Martial] is now recovered from the contusion - not a concussion. He has recovered and he is ready."
United, though, will be without Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
"Luke Shaw is ill. [He has a] temperature, fever, bad throat," said Mourinho yesterday. "He arrived this morning and the doctor sent him home.
Mourinho was hoping to recall the forward Wayne Rooney against Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford, but may keep him under wraps to ensure he is at full fitness when he makes his return to avoid more negative press.
"Rooney is selected. I didn't decide yet if I start with him," Mourinho told a media conference yesterday.
"He didn't train yesterday, he did just a little bit of a session on Monday. He had a back problem, so today was the first time he did anything with the other players.
"I was completely expecting to use him tomorrow, but I am not sure if I will do that. With his situation I really don't think he can have a performance which is not really good.
Inter have named their squad to face Sparta Prague in the Europa League tonight, with Marcelo Brozovic again excluded.
The Nerazzurri are in a precarious position in their group, having lost the opener to Hapoel Be’er Sheva at home, during which the Croatian international stormed off after being substituted.
Now Frank de Boer’s men face a trip to the Czech Republic to face the side which knocked Lazio out of last year’s competition, though Sparta are coming off the back of a derby defeat to Slavia Prague.
Brozovic hasn't featured since the Be'er Sheva defeat, and has once again been left out.
De Boer has named a 20-man squad for the match, as he can’t call summer signings Joao Mario and Gabriel Barbose due to Financial Fair Play restrictions.
In other matches Roma play at home against Astra Giurgiu and only a vctory is god for the Giallorossi.
Sassuolo travel to Belgium to face Genk and Fiorentina face Qarabag at the Artemio Franchi Stadium.