According to the Mirror, the England international—fresh from breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s international scoring record for the national side—was not with the rest of the Red Devils squad at the Lowry Hotel on Friday night, and will not be present for the ‘Derby of England’.
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Rooney suffered a hamstring injury during United’s last training session on Friday, and has been ruled out of the high-profile matchup on Saturday.
The tabloid report that Marouane Fellaini will likely lead the line for Louis van Gaal’s side on Saturday evening, putting to test the Dutch coach’s earlier assertions that the Belgian can thrive as a striker for the title hopefuls this season..
Similarly, Rooney’s injury may bring new high-profile signing Anthony Martial a little closer to his Red Devils debut.
Van Gaal has insisted that he will take his time in breaking the former AS Monaco man into the side, but with Rooney absent, and with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Adnan Januzaj departing, leaving United somewhat light in attack, the teenager may be brought to the fore sooner than expected.
A testing local derby against Liverpool would certainly represent a remarkable baptism of fire for the young £36 million man!