Manchester United will be without skipper Wayne Rooney and midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin for their important Champions League encounter against Wolfsburg.
Rooney left the pitch after suffering an ankle injury in the 1-1 draw against Leicester and will not be able to play the match which the van Gaal’s men have to win to guarantee their berth in the knockout stages. If United fails to win against Wolfsburg, not only that, they will be thrown out of Champions League if PSV beat CSKA Moscow.
However, the Red Devils could have sealed their ticket for the last 16 with a match to spare but failed to defeat a resilient PSV team at Old Trafford in the last Champions League fixture, meaning van Gaal’s troop head into the final game of the group stage at risk of being knocked out.
Along with Rooney, Manchester United are also without Schneiderlin in midfield as the Frenchman sustained a minor knock in the 0-0 draw with West Ham this weekend.
Manchester United played out a drab 0-0 draw against West Ham on Saturday in which they managed to hit the target only once from a staggering 23 attempts at goal while the blunt result demoted van Gaal’s men to the fourth position in the Premier League table.
Schneiderlin was substituted late in the second half against the Hammers and appeared to be clutching his hamstring. He also didn’t play against Leicester City, the match before the West Ham clash, due to apparent tiredness.
the injury absence may become a blessing in disguise for Rooney, whose recent form and lack of goals this season has led to severe criticisms over whether he even has a place in this Manchester United squad or not. This season till now, van Gaal has surprisingly continued with the 30-year-old as his main striker, despite netting only three times in 15 domestic matches. An enforced break might help him to get back his goal scoring habits.
Rooney, Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw will miss the trip, which means there is definitely a place in the team for youngsters like Guillermo Varela, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Sean Goss, Nick Powell and Andreas Pereira.