Yesterday it was confirmed that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney had injured himself in training and will be out for 3 weeks. This will rule him out of Manchester United’s next four games including an FA Cup game against West Ham.
Sir Alex Ferguson said about the injury: “Wayne tried a volley in training and damaged a knee ligament – he’ll be out for two to three weeks,”
Sir Alex also said he would have expected a good performance against Newcastle (yesterday) which adds to the disappointment of Manchester United fans regarding the injury.
“After his performance on Sunday I think he would have been brilliant today. You don’t have two performances like he did on Sunday. Unfortunately we couldn’t risk him.”
The injury rules Rooney out of the fixtures against West Brom, Wigan, West Ham and most importantly a big Premier League fixture against Liverpool.
This is unlikely to shift the title race in Manchester City’s favour however as Manchester United have an abundance of forward talent. Although Rooney’s absence will be a blow to the side Manchester United can almost certainly rely on Robin Van Persie to keep up his good form and keep the goals flowing in his absence.
This could also be good news for Javier Hernandez as he has been in good form this season but has been limited mainly to the subs bench. Rooney’s absence could allow him to score some goals in games he starts and help him remove his tag of ‘super sub’, which could allow him to continue to challenge for a first team spot when Rooney returns if he impresses.
This injury is unlilely to be anything more than an annoyance for Manchester United as they have had no problems when it comes to scoring goals this season. Their problems have been at the other end of the pitch where they have been conceding too many goals. Something the club are likely to be very eager to fix after losing the League on goal difference this season. Their defence though is likely to be a lot stronger now Nemanja Vidic has returned from injury.
So Wayne Rooney’s injury will obviously be a blow to Manchester United but he isn’t out for long and there is no shortage of goal scoring talent in their squad so it is unlikely to be a key factor in the title race.