Wayne Rooney still unavailable: Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (Photo: AFP)

"Wayne Rooney is not available and Ashley Young is injured," confirmed Mourinho.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will be without five first-team stars for the Red Devils’ English Premier League visit to Sunderland on Saturday, according to a report on the club’s website.

Long-term absentees Phil Jones, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling remain unavailable, while Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young have been deemed unfit to take part in the tie against strugglers Sunderlands.

United captain Rooney has been suffering with sore ankles for a while now, while Young limped out of Tuesday's draw with Everton and was replaced by Luke Shaw in the 65th minute.

"Wayne Rooney is not available and Ashley Young is injured," confirmed Mourinho, when speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

"[There is] no more news, because [with] Mata, Smalling and Jones you already know that we are speaking about old injuries.”

United’s visit to Sunderland has special significance, as in the opposing dugout will be David Moyes, the man who had an ill-fated term at the helm of the club in the 2013-14 season.

While bottom-ranked Sunderland are favourites to get relegated, United’s top-four hopes are still in the balance and a draw at the Stadium of Light could see them concede defeat in the race for the Champions League spots.

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