Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not think striker Marcus Rashford should be selected for England Under-21s at this summer's European Championship.
But Mourinho feels he has options in attack, with Wayne Rooney having returned to the matchday squad against the Belgian side and Juan Mata battling to return from groin surgery before the end of the season.
"We keep trying", Mourinho said. We lost Marcos Rojo. We don't have Jones or Smalling. We are in trouble.
That was a longer night than we had hoped for. "Let s see what happens".
"He can not play every game", Mourinho said after being asked if Rashford was capable of filling in for Ibrahimovic.
Daley Blind took over from Rojo, but Mourinho has fewer options in central defence, with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones both now sidelined. He s a fighter.
While Rashford's form can cover for the absence of leading scorer Ibrahimovic, the loss of Rojo is more of a concern for Mourinho who now faces a potential defensive crisis at a crucial point in the season.
"But he has the experience and he has the character". So he has to (play). "Now we need absolutely everyone", he added.
Meanwhile, United and the FA face discussions over England youth global Axel Tuanzebe's participation in next month's U20s World Cup in South Korea. "Now we need everybody". United will play Anderlecht in a Europa League quarterfinal match on Thursday.
In the end the Red Devils made it into the semi-finals after Marcus Rashford scored a 107th minute victor.
"Herrera plays. He didn t play (against Anderlecht)", said Mourinho. Fellaini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jesse Lingard, Rashford and Paul Pogba were all guilty of bad misses, but so well did they play that a goal seemed inevitable. "Who else? Nobody else is fresh to play".
Prior to scoring against Sunderland in the 3-0 win at the Stadium of Light, Rashford's last league goal came in September against Leicester City in United's 4-1 victory.
United were facing the prospect of a penalty shootout but Rashford, the 19-year-old forward, made the decisive contribution after 107 minutes to seal the win for his team.