Mourinho's top four bid in jeopardy

The Mexican, now at Bayer Leverkusen, left United on the cheap in 2015 and has since proved he can score goals on a regular basis if given enough game time.

"We have some players that are not really players in love with the goal", Mourinho said.

"I think the coach is doing the absolute maximum with the team he has".

After Ibrahimovic, the injured Juan Mata is United's second-highest goalscorer with 10 goals in all competitions this season.

Substitute Rashford added gloss to the scoreline in the 89th minute with his first league goal since September, collecting Ibrahimovic's throughball before drilling low across Pickford from 12 yards, as United inflicted further misery on their former boss. I'm not anxious. The older you are, the more experienced, the more intelligent you are, and you don't waste energy on things you don't need. We believe in Marcus, that's no doubt.

Defore almost pulled a goal back in the 65th minute, but striker's effort from 20-yards out sailed just over the crossbar.

United now prepare to travel to Belgium for Thursday's Europa League quarter-final first leg against Anderlecht, before returning to host Premier League leaders Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The 53-year-old concedes that will involve another massive shake-up in personnel at a club that has become accustomed to huge changes in the wake of fighting four successive successful relegation battles.

Michael Carrick has told Sky Sports News he will not play for another English club if he leaves Manchester United at the end of the season.

Mourinho recently compared Shaw to Ashley Young, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Davey Blind and said that Shaw is a "long way behind" his teammates.

"We play well, most of the time, not always obviously, but we play well, we create a lot, we don't score enough goals for the way we play and the teams that come to Old Trafford".

The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton in midweek and now sit seven points adrift of Manchester City with two games in hand so they desperately need a win tomorrow to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive. During the recent 0-0 draw against West Brom, Jose Mourinho's men attempted 18 shots at goal but only found the target three times. That's why I think his season has been good.

"We want to fight in the Premier League until it is mathematically impossible".

"Today was a good win", Ibrahimovic said. "I know him very well from the past". Luckily for them, this one is away.

  • Julie Sanders