Juan Mata looks set to miss the rest of the season after Jose Mourinho admitted he expects the Spaniard to be out until the end of May.
United’s final Premier League game of the season is on May 21 against Crystal Palace, while the Europa League final – should United get there – would be on May 24 in Stockholm.
Mata, who is United’s second highest scorer this season with 10 goals, has been out since undergoing groin surgery at the end of last month.
Speaking after United’s 1-1 Europa League draw against Anderlecht on Thursday, Mourinho gave a brief update when asked about possible return dates for Mata, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
“Late May,” Mourinho said of Mata. “And Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, mid-May.”