Jose Mourinho reveals doubts over Wayne Rooney’s availability at Man United

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has expressed doubts over Wayne Rooney‘s availability for Manchester United’s game with Middlesbrough on Saturday.

It was reported prior to Man United’s game with Sunderland that Rooney, who featured in wins over Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion, would miss out on the clash with David Moyes’ side after picking up a knock during training.

His absence did not prove to be decisive, with Mourinho’s men cruising to a comfortable 3-1 over the Black Cats.

Mourinho, speaking after the game, confirmed that Rooney had picked up a “deep” muscle injury and would most likely miss the game against Middlesbrough.

There is no quick fix for a muscle injury. Such afflictions can only be dealt with through various forms of physical therapy, and Rooney, as a result, could be sidelined for a few weeks.

But United fans shouldn’t worry. Rooney’s injury opens up the possibility of seeing Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan featuring in the same side. And with Mata’s craft on the left hand side and Mkhitaryan, who once again illustrated his brilliance against Sunderland, operating as a No.10, alongside the lively presence of either Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford or Jesse Lingard, Mourinho’s men would create chances with reckless abandon.

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