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Wayne Rooney in contention to return against FC Rostov – report

by Leo Nieboer

Wayne Rooney could be in line to face FC Rostov in the second leg of Manchester United’s Europa League clash with the Russian side on Thursday night, according to ESPN sources.

The 31-year-old made his first Premier League appearance since December during Man United’s 1-1 draw with AFC Bournemouth, featuring in the No.10 role before being replaced by Jesse Lingard after 70 minutes.

He was forced to withdraw from the side that lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Monday night after picking up an injury on Sunday morning.

However, according to Mark Ogden, the Englishman will be ready in time for the clash with Rostov on Thursday night.

‘Get the first goal’ has to be one of the oldest adages uttered in the realm of football discourse. Honestly, if you could time travel to the days of Newton Heath you would still hear locals muttering about the importance of getting that first goal.

But such an utterance really does apply when it comes to United’s upcoming clash with Rostov. An early goal would force the Russians – primarily concerned with holding firm at the back during the first leg – to throw the kitchen sink at Mourinho’s men, opening up plenty of space for the home side to exploit.

And this was, funnily enough, the exact modus operandi for the last time Old Trafford hosted Russian opposition, against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League back in November. The man who broke the deadlock that day? That’s right, Mr Wayne Rooney himself.

United fans will hope to see their captain, yet to make much of an impact at all since breaking the club’s all-time goalscoring record in January, repeat similar heroics on Thursday night.

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