Rooney set to miss Manchester derby

By on October 30, 2014

Manchester United’s hopes of beating bitter rivals Manchester City may have been dealt a huge blow with news of Wayne Rooney’s fitness issues coming into question. Sources around Manchester have reported that the 29-year-old was fully fit before the training on Monday although not many saw him after the training session until after the clubs sponsorship event later that day.

The captain has missed the last three Manchester United game not because he is injured but because he picked up a needless red card during the club’s 2-1 victory over West Ham. Louis van Gaal will be hoping that the scare is just a minor defect as he is already without Colombian striker Radamel Falcao who is already out after sustaining a muscle strain. In the game against Chelsea, the manager had to deploy youngster James Wilson after the attack went numb.

Games against Manchester City has always been Rooney’s forte and if you remember the Red Devils 2-1 win over City in 2011 when Rooney sent in an acrobatic overhead kick which handed Manchester United the win with 12 minutes left then you’ll realise how sorely he will be missed. The captain, who will be looking to get back into the good books of the fans, will do well to strike back with a bang against the Champions if he is eventually declared fit.

Robin van Persie isn’t up to his best yet and if Louis van Gaal really wants to make a statement, he will be depending on his strikers to make things happen. You can’t expect to win a match against Manchester City if your strikers keep squandering their chances like Robin did in the last two games.

It will be very nice to see Wayne Rooney get fit in time at least to prop the team for a challenge this weekend and if Manchester United can get a win, then they will be close to sealing a top four spot this season.

By Tomilayo Alapinni

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