Ibrahimovic and Rojo facing lengthy spells out with serious knee injuries

However the former Ajax, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain man took to social media to thank his fans for support.

"I don't know", he told a news conference, saying Pogba was "dead" following his recent exertions. "I will go through this like everythings else and come back even stronger".

He said: "I just feel that when a player reaches a certain level it doesn't make a lot of sense to drop levels".

"We have Daley Blind, who has experience in the position, and I think it is time for Jones and Smalling to be fearless - to risk", the United boss, who seemed to criticise Smalling's pain threshold earlier in the season, said. Giving up is not an option.

Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahmiovic's season is over after a knee injury against Anderlecht.

The France worldwide responded in style, scoring the opener in Sunday's 2-0 win at Burnley, before laying on an assist for captain Wayne Rooney and, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini and Luke Shaw have found of late, Martial's return to form would also draw praise from the manager.

By resting 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Sunday's victory over Chelsea, Jose Mourinho made it clear where his priorities lie for the remainder of the season.

Thursday, though, was a disastrous evening for Ibrahimovic.

"If they have a insane mentality like I have, they would (play on Thursday)".

"Yes it is important for us to play in the Champions League but this club wants trophies".

"I think it's a game between two great teams", he said, "and it's a massive game for the city as always". Honestly, I'm not sad for the team, I'm not anxious about the impact that not to have them [will cause].

Keen to show that their thoughts are with the injured pair, United's players were seen wearing shirts with their names on the back as they warmed up ahead of the game with Burnley at Turf Moor.

"We knew this would be a hard place to come to and win", said the 31-year-old, before admitting there had been a clear game plan to combat Burnley's style, a plan which was executed to a tee.

"We understood the way they play and we played against their strengths".

  • Julie Sanders