Manchester United reached the Europa League semi-finals for the first time after beating Anderlecht 2-1 on Thursday, but at the cost of a potentially serious injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
"I also want that, but if it's in the final that too will fit me".
"We have Daley Blind, who has experience in the position, and I think it is time for Jones and Smalling to be courageous - to risk", the United boss, who seemed to criticise Smalling's pain threshold earlier in the season, said.
"You have to keep going and hope you get another opportunity".
United travel to Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday, when victory will take them to within a point of Manchester City, who welcome them to the Etihad Stadium next Thursday.
Top scorer Ibrahimovic's knee buckled as he landed following an aerial challenge in the Anderlecht box late in normal time and he went down grimacing in pain before hobbling off.
But Ibrahimovic's departure actually added impetus to the United attack, allowing the introduction of Anthony Martial, who replaced Marcus Rashford out wide on the left while the young England striker moved into a more central position up front.
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"But with a special spirit, you can (play) sooner than expected".
There was nearly a swagger about United's approach and they twice came close to instantly doubling their advantage with Pogba seeing a firm header tipped over by Anderlecht keeper Martinez Ruben who moments later excelled again as he pushed a curling Jesse Lingard shot wide.
But United then lost Rojo - hurt as he tried in vain to halt Frank Acheampong, with Daley Blind taking his place - and Anderlecht levelled the tie in the 32nd minute.
United's chances became more clear-cut in the second half.
Freed by Michael Carrick, Ibrahimovic shanked wastefully wide.
The final is in his native Sweden and would be a fitting stage for he and United to close the season, but for a long time it seemed a lot further away than the 1,400 kilometres between Manchester and Stockholm.
And that advantage only bulged when Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the tenth minute.