OLD TRAFFORD, Sporting Alert – Manchester United will be without leading striker and captain Wayne Rooney for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford, the Manchester Evening News is reporting.
According to the report, the England international is set to miss the game with a hamstring injury he apparently picked up in training on Friday.
It is understood Rooney trained with the team on Friday at the club’s training base in Carrington, but left the session holding on to his hamstring.
This now mean’s Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal must decide on a replacement for his captain, with new recruit Anthony Martial and James Wilson his only out-and-out strikers left at Old Trafford.
At the same time, if Rooney indeed out of the clash against Liverpool, then Van Gaal may very well turn his attention to Marouane Fellaini.
Last month, the Dutchman revealed that he would be using the big Belgian more as an attacker this season and this would be the ideal time to start the former Everton man up front.
Martial, the £36million summer signing could also get his chance to feature for the Red Devils since his move.
Meanwhile, Rooney, who wasn’t seen with the rest of the players when Manchester United check in at The Lowry Hotel on Friday night could also miss the Premier League side’s Champions League group opener with PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night with the injury.
Manchester United are yet to comment on the availability of Rooney, who recently became the record goalscorer for England.