Striker crisis for Manchester United’s boss Jose Mourinho


Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for the FA Cup clash at Chelsea.

Rooney will have a scan on a leg injury on Monday after colliding with Phil Jones in training while Ibrahimovic is suspended.

Martial is injured and Rashford is ill so United have no recognised striker in their squad for the quarter-final match at Stamford Bridge. In contrast Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has bemoaned his team’s hectic schedule. United have already won the EFL Cup, are pushing for a top-four finish in the Premier League and are in the middle of a Europa League last-16 encounter with FC Rostov.

“The most difficult thing to have is the time to work [on the training pitch] and they [Chelsea] have time to work,” Mourinho said.

“I know that he [Conte] said a couple of weeks ago that it’s not his fault that they are not in the European competitions – it’s my fault and the players’ fault.

“The Europa League is a competition that can give us a Champions League spot, and the FA Cup does not. So the Europa League is more important than the FA Cup for us.”