Manchester United made it four league wins on the spin earlier today, thanks to a brilliant team performance at home to David Moyes’ Sunderland. Jose Mourinho must’ve been mightily impressed with his players, but there was one man missing from the squad due to injury.
After the game, Jose revealed to Manchester United’s website that the club captain missed the game due to a thigh injury. He then went on to discuss how long he expects the 31-year-old to be out for – but he doesn’t think he’ll make it back in time for Middlesbrough at home on New Years Eve.
“Honestly, I don’t think so. I hope so. I would like to have him, he’s always a player I would like to have but I have my doubts. Let’s see the evolution [of the injury].” Jose Mourinho is quoted as saying on Manchester United’s official website.
“It’s a strange muscle, a big muscle surrounded by others and you can have an injury there but still be able to move well. He was not feeling very confident. It’s not a big deal but, in four days, I have my doubts.”
Wayne Rooney has always been one of those players that tends to pick up niggling injuries, but thankfully, this one doesn’t seem too serious. Although it’s a bitter blow to lose the former Everton man for the next fixture, we have players more than capable of coming in and filling that role, just look at how well Henrikh Mkhitaryan did in just thirty minutes off of the bench.
In my opinion, I struggle to see how Wayne Rooney can hold a spot in the side for the long-term. This season hasn’t been great for him whatsoever, and if players like the aforementioned Henrikh Mkhitaryan keep performing to a high level, I believe he could well be sat on the bench for the foreseeable future.