Mourinho treads carefully over Rooney

A fitness issue may mean Jose Mourinho leaves Wayne Rooney out against Zorya after saying his skipper “can’t afford” to perform badly.

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The Red Devils boss dropped Rooney from his starting XI for United’s 4-1 victory over Leicester City on Saturday after the player’s off-key start to the season.

The 30-year-old was expected to return to the side for the Europa League clash with Ukrainian outfit Zorya Luhansk, but may miss out with a fitness concern.

“I was completely convinced of playing him tomorrow,” Mourinho said.

“I’m not sure if I do that because with the situation that you create to him I think he really can’t afford to have a performance that is not really good and I am here to protect him and have to analyse the best thing for him.

“If he is not totally ready for it, I will discuss that with the medical staff.”

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