Mourinho revealed at his pre-match press conference today that Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero will start ahead of Spaniard David De Gea in goal against the Belgians.
Romero has featured in eight of United’s 11 matches in the second-tier of European football this season and was most recently named in the starting XI for last week’s 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in Brussels.
However, when asked if Romero is now the club’s confirmed first choice for the rest of the European campaign, Mourinho told the media:
“No, he’s not my goalkeeper for the Europa League. He’s my goalkeeper for tomorrow.
“He was my goalkeeper in the other matches, but he’s not my goalkeeper for the Europa League. I never like to do that complete separation. I can say the priority for Sergio is to play in the Europa League, yes, but we had some matches where David played.
“David’s priority is to play in the Premier League but I don’t like the complete separation. I cannot say every match is for one or the other. The reality is that Sergio is very stable, he’s very experienced, he’s playing very well. He played in the Premier League [against Sunderland], he played well. He played in the FA Cup, he played well. He played in the League Cup, he played well.
“Every time he plays, he plays well. He’s very stable and it’s very important to have goalkeepers playing because if not, then one day you could have a problem when one goalkeeper has to play and doesn’t have the feeling of the match.
“I always like to rotate my goalkeepers in different competitions but without that complete separation of ‘this competition is for me, this competition is for you’.”
After Mourinho’s press conference, Romero held his own briefing at the Aon Training Complex, where he spoke confidently about Thursday’s match and United’s bid to reach the Europa League semi-finals.
“We’ve got to concentrate on doing our jobs, on implementing the manager’s ideas and tactics for the game, and doing our best to try to get through to the next stage,” he said.
Meanwhile, United captain Wayne Rooney who has missed his side’s last four games with an ankle injury, could be named on the substitutes’ bench for the Thursday’s clash with Anderlecht.
“He’s working now, he’s improving and if in this training session [this afternoon] the answer is positive, I would select him to be on the bench tomorrow,” Mourinho told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday.