Worst fears appear to have been confirmed, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic reportedly suffering a torn ACL–and potentially a torn PCL as well–at the end of regulation in Manchester United's UEFA Europa League quarterfinal second leg against Anderlecht at Old Trafford on Thursday. The 35-year-old forward, who has escaped serious injury throughout his career, is most certainly out for the rest of the season and could be out until next year with the reported prognosis.
Going up for an aerial challenge, Ibrahimovic landed awkwardly on his right leg, going down in a heap before medics came to tend to him. He limped off the field with assistance and was replaced by Anthony Martial.
After the match, Jose Mourinho didn't offer a positive outlook regarding Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, who was also hurt in the match.
"I want to wait but my feeling is not good, for both. I want to try to be optimistic but I’m not," Mourinho told reporters. "I don’t think they are easy injuries but I prefer to wait until all the tests are done tomorrow. After tomorrow then I can speak what I feel because I am a manager, not a doctor."
Manchester United and Anderlecht drew 1-1 for a second straight leg, going to the added time level on aggregate and away goals.
In extra time, Marcus Rashford delivered the decisive blow, sending United to the semifinals, where it will play Celta Vigo. Lyon and Ajax will meet in the other semifinal.