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Manchester United stars likely to miss out on Europa League tie

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney are likely to miss out on the second leg of Manchester United’s Europa League last 32 meeting with Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.

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United, who hold a 3-0 lead after last Thursday’s first leg after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hat-trick, were missing both England internationals last week, and for Sunday’s 1-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Mourinho does not expect either to return in time to make the trip to France:

“Rooney is injured. Jones is injured. I don’t think they will recover (in time) Rooney and Jones haven’t trained with the team yet so I don’t think they will be there for Wednesday.”


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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

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