Manchester United have a major absentee in the squad against PSV Eindhoven tonight as captain Wayne Rooney is out with an injury.
The England captain sustained a training injury ahead of the Premier League clash with Liverpool and missed the North-West derby. However, the Red Devils coped up with his absence and thrashed their rivals 3-1.
Manchester United are resisting rushing their captain back into action for the group stage opener of UEFA Champions League in the Netherlands on Tuesday after he suffered what is believed to be a hamstring injury.
“Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney has missed the trip to PSV Eindhoven with the injury he sustained in training ahead of Saturday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool,” a United statement read.
“As expected, the striker is not being rushed back for the UEFA Champions League group stage opener in Holland, although manager Louis van Gaal did hope to have him available for Sunday’s Premier League clash at Southampton when speaking at the weekend.”
Louis van Gaal expects the striker to be back in the squad for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Southampton at St. Marys Stadium.
The 20 man squad for the clash have two surprise inclusions as two 19-year-olds are included in it. James Wilson is added to the squad as well as Brazilian wonder kid Andreas Pereira also included in the squad. The latter one, who was signed from PSV by the Red Devils, may play some minutes against his former club. Pereira suffered an injury while away with Brazil’s Under-23 side but is fit for selection again.
Rooney’s absence may hand Anthony Martial a full debut for the club after his impressive debut from the bench against Liverpool on Saturday scoring an amazing goal. If not Martial then Fellaini will start as a striker again like he did against Liverpool.