Jose Mourinho kissed a lucky charm just minutes before Manchester United scored their victor against Anderlecht.
Ibrahimovic limped off in the final seconds of normal time in the Europa League game against Anderlecht after hyperextending his right knee on landing, having chested down a long ball into the area.
The former Chelsea manager calls Rashford "the kid".
Marcus Rashford scored the victor in extra time to move Man United past Anderlecht 3-2 on aggregate in the Europa League.
Manchester United reached the Europa League semi-finals for the first time after beating Anderlecht 2-1 on Thursday, but at the cost of a potentially serious injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
"[Rashford] can not play every game and, at the top of that, [England] are trying to take him for the European under-something tournament, no?" "After tomorrow then I can speak what I feel because I am a manager, not a doctor".
"He hadn't scored since September".
"These are the kind of things that make me trust players", he said. "Marcus I trust. Score, doesn't score, he is fantastic in his effort and attitude".
Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring the victor for Man United versus Anderlecht.
But Mourinho has largely stood by Rashford, believing that his pace and direct running offer more than goals, but also the ability to stretch opponents and create space for others.
Given Rashford's meteoric rise, it's easy to forget the fact that he's still only 19 years old.
But while Ibrahimovic was fit and scoring, Mourinho relied on the Swede to lead the line and carry the team.
But the 3-2 aggregate success came at a price, with Ibrahimovic and Rojo both seemingly set for extended spells on the sideline after being taken off.
United first went ahead in the 10th minute after a finely measured pass from Paul Pogba found Rashford wide on the left.
ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE FINAL "It was a hard game, a hard opponent, I am exhausted, I imagine the players are more exhausted than me but we are in the draw tomorrow and we still have the dream to win the competition."INJURIES TO ROJO AND IBRAHIMOVIC "I want to wait but my feeling is not good, for both".
Retired star Michael Owen, who knows a thing or two about being a teenage striking sensation, spoke on BT Sport after this game about Rashford's quality, how he is "brimming with confidence" and deserving of the chance to play through the centre. I think when we put one more player in midfield we started controlling the game and then you are always at risk because at 1-1 you are at risk.
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