Man United manager, Louis van Gaal, told MUTV that Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney and Argentine international, Marcos Rojo, are both injured for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League encounter with West Ham United at Old Trafford.
Rooney sustained an ankle injury during last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Leicester City and is unavailable to face the Hammers. The England captain, Rooney, will have to wait to register his 500th appearance for the red devils. Only nine other Man United players have achieved this soccer feat.
Van Gaal also confirmed that Rojo dislocated his shoulder in training on Wednesday.
“It was already in the media – Rojo has been injured,” the boss told MUTV during his pre-match interview at the Aon Training Complex on Friday. “It’s his shoulder, the same as last year, in a training session. It’s very unfortunate, also in the position of Luke Shaw, so I have a great problem.
Quizzed further on Rooney, van Gaal said: “It’s a nasty injury. It’s been getting worse but we have to let him train to make the ankle stronger, that’s very important. I cannot say [how long he’s out for] because the doctor shall decide that with Wayne of course. He is training well in the rehabilitation.”
Rooney is very likely to miss the Champions League match in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
While not happy about the impending absence of both vital players, I think Van Gaal is not in short supply of replacements for both men.
We need to win the clash with West Ham in order to secure 3 vital points and probably move up in the table.
Teams above us are currently doing well, so we have to defeat the Hammers on Saturday. I’m looking forward to this matchup. Players like Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay (if Van Gaal fields him) must up their ante in this encounter with the Hammers at Old Trafford.
Up Man U!