Man United 'in trouble' with injuries, says Mourinho

These two cases are even sadder because for Zlatan, in this phase of his career, it is really, really hard.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's magical season with Manchester United appears over after the club announced he had suffered a serious knee injury in Thursday's Europa League clash with Anderlecht.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo will not play again this season.

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann and Tottenham front-man Harry Kane are also in the Mourinho's thinking, though the United boss apparently rates Lukaku as the most realistic target.

The timing couldn't be worse for Mourinho, with United still competing for a place in the Champions League next season and in the semi-final of the Europa League.

United is without Juan Mata (groin), Chris Smalling (leg), and Phil Jones (toe) as the team struggles to cope with the demands of its packed schedule.

The Swede looked in severe discomfort and speaking to journalists at his press conference on Friday United manager Jose Mourinho said that the forward's situation didn't look good.

The 35-year-old Ibrahimovic is United's top scorer this season with 28 goals in all competitions while Rojo has established himself at the heart of the defence.

This injury will allow the likes of Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial to make an impact as the number 9.

"In this moment, Eric Bailly has played six matches in a row, and we have lost Rojo, we don't have Jones or Smalling, we are in trouble and now we lose Zlatan too". 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.

Prior to kick-off at Turf Moor as the Red Devils recorded a 2-0 win over Burnley, every member of the squad showed support for the injured duo and Mourinho didn't want to give much away when quizzed about surgery for either.

He said: "We have Daley Blind [in defence] who has experience in the position and I think it is time for Jones and Smalling to be fearless and to risk, because for the team you have to do everything".