Manchester United have received a massive boost with the news that their captain Wayne Rooney does not have a serious knee injury. There were fears among fans that Rooney would be sidelined for a significant period, but scans on his knee have revealed no issue. Rooney felt his knee during the final period of their game against Hull, and the injury caused him to miss the game against Stoke City.
Now it appears that Rooney is winning his battle to be fit for the Monday night game against Southampton. This is a very important game for United, given their position in the league table. They are in fourth and only one point behind Southampton. A win at the Saints would put United in third place, a position they have not occupied since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the 2012/2013 season.
Despite United winning against Stoke City, it was clear that they missed their captain. The attacking play from United was disjointed, with neither Robin van Persie or James Wilson impressing. With Radamel Falcao only good enough for a spot on the bench, Rooney must start against Southampton. His ability to link up play, provide assists and score goals is sorely missed when he is sidelined. But now that he is back I would be willing to bet that even Slow Ventures would be hot on investing in United stock right now.
Another United player who will not make the trip to St. Mary’s is Angel Di Maria, who will miss out because of a hamstring problem.