Manchester United take on Anderlecht tomorrow, in what is arguably their biggest game of the season to date. A place in the semi-finals is at stake, and Jose Mourinho will be looking for a positive result to take us through into the last four.
Ahead of the game, the Manchester United manager met the media to discuss a variety of subjects, and one of the things that people were interested in is Wayne Rooney’s fitness situation.
The 31-year-old has missed the last few fixtures with an injury, but now the boss has provided us with a vital update that could potentially see him back in the squad later today.
“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, quoted by Manchester United’s official website.
“He’s experienced, his know-how of this knockout phase – I think he’s a player that can be useful tomorrow. If we need a goal, he can help us. If we need to keep a result, to keep the ball, to keep control of the game by having possession, he can help us too. So, hopefully, his answer in the training session is positive.”
Like Jose says, Wayne Rooney has been around for a while and his experience could be telling. In a tight match, players like Rooney and Ibrahimovic are the guys that you want to see dragging their teammates through. Having him on the bench for the scenario in which the game is close in the dying embers could be huge.
Let’s discuss the big elephant in the room right now. If we’re being honest, our captain’s season as a whole hasn’t been good. Alright, he broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record earlier on in the campaign, but aside from that, it has been a very forgettable twelve months for the #10.
I genuinely feel like he could be playing for his Manchester United future at this point in time, and with only a handful of games remaining, the sooner he can get himself back on the pitch, the better.