According to reports, Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was seen limping at a club event and could miss out the vital Manchester derby this weekend.
Having served a three-match suspension for his rash tackle against West Ham, Captain Wayne Rooney was expected to make a much-needed return to the Manchester United line-up which is already limping with injuries. However the Englishman was seen limping away from a promotional event, sending alarm bells ringing all across Manchester.
The injury is understood to have been sustained in the training session ahead of the promotional event and is not deemed to be serious enough as Wayne Rooney did make it for the club event. According to sources, the club is unaware of a potential injury to their Captain and Rooney is expected to make a comeback against arch-rivals Manchester City.
His importance to the team was underlined by new arrival Luke Shaw who emphasized how important the Englishman was to Van Gaal’s side.
“It’s something I think he’s looking forward to. You know Wayne – he hates sitting on the sidelines watching and he’s said that a few times. I’m really looking forward to having him back”, said the left-back.
Wayne Rooney is the leading goal-scorer in Manchester derbies and went past Cantona, Francis Lee and Joe Hayes as the all-time leading goal-scorer by scoring in the 4-1 defeat last season. He has shown his worth repeatedly by rising to the occasion and will be eager to put on his boots on Sunday after being humbled by their neighbours last season under David Moyes.
Meanwhile Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been cleared of his stamp on Mark Noble on Saturday and is likely to face United on Sunday.
Aguero is likely to escape retrospective punishment for his stamp on the West Ham captain as the incident was witnessed by referee Martin Atkinson. The Argentine is an integral component of Pellegrini’s squad and is the leading the goal-scoring charts in England with 9 goals, alongside Chelsea’s Diego Costa. Manchester City will be banking severely on Aguero who has made it a habit to score against arch rivals United. Aguero has scored 5 goals in his last 6 appearances against Manchester United and will be expected to torment a plaguing United back line.
The presence of both Rooney and Aguero will be vital on Sunday for their respective teams and to liven up a fiercely fought derby. Both strikers have shown their appetite for big games and can turn a game on its head as shown by Rooney with his over-head kick against City in the 2011-2012 season.
This is how the striker later described the goal in his auto-biography.
“I’m Wayne Rooney. I’ve played Premier League football since 2002 and I’ve just scored the winning goal in a Manchester derby – probably the most important game of the season to fans from the red half of town. A goal that puts our noisy neighbours – the other lot – in their place. A goal that reminds them United have more history and more success than they do right now. A goal that warns the rest of the country we’re on our way to winning another Premier League title.”