Rooney’s late long-range strike was not enough to salvage a draw for Manchester United as they lost 2-1 to Fenerbahce Fc in the Europa League.
Moussa Sow’s second-minute overhead kick and a second-half Jeremain Lens free kick had put the Turkish side in a commanding position asPaul Pogba limped off injured.
United, who are winless in their last nine European away games having lost eight of them, but they made the worst possible start to the game, falling behind in spectacular fashion in the second minute when Hasan Ali Kaldirim’s left-wing cross was met clinically by Sow.
Mourinho’s side struggled to find their rhythm and create any clear-cut opportunities against an organised Fenerbahce defence, their best chance coming after 21 minutes when Martial found Rooney in space in the 18-yard box but a heavy touch let him down and took the ball away from him.
United were handed another blow when Pogba was forced out of the game in the 29th minute with a dead leg after a challenge from Josef de Souza. The France international tried to play on but was eventually replaced by Ibrahimovic with Rooney dropping back into midfield.
Fenerbahce doubled their advantage in the 59th minute when Jeremain Lens’ sweetly struck free kick, which came about as the result of an Ibrahimovic foul, left De Gea wrong-footed.
Out of nowhere Rooney struck with just one minute of normal time remaining but United were unable to conjure a second and earn an unlikely point.
That defeat, a second in four Europa Leaguegames this season, leaves United third in Group A on six points, and one point behind Feyenoord and Fenerbahce.