Wayne Rooney has thanked Manchester United’s staff for their help in his recovery following his comeback appearance for the U21s on Monday.
Rooney had been sidelined since February due to knee ligament damage but completed 61 minutes for the U21s against Middlesbrough, albeit in a quiet performance given the level he was playing at. Paddy McNair scored the only goal of the game as the U21s won 1-0.
The 30-year-old may now be in contention to play against West Ham United in the FA Cup on Wednesday and Rooney was certainly delighted to be back on the pitch.
United have struggled on occasion in Rooney’s absence, with the 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur last time out leaving their top four ambitions hanging by a thread, but the emergence of Marcus Rashford has certainly softened the blow.
The question marks around Rooney now are when he’ll be available to play again. As a player, he always takes a couple of games to regain his full match sharpness and as we’ve only got a hatful remaining before the season is over, is Rooney really going to have any sort of impact? I certainly wouldn’t throw him back in the starting XI ahead of Rashford or Martial at the moment and he’ll have to earn his place back in the team, regardless of the fact he’s our captain.