Could United be better off in their captain’s absence?
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set to miss three games after a ridiculous sending off in the weekend victory over West Ham United, with Rooney receiving his marching orders for a crude kick on Stewart Downing during the second half of a narrow victory at Old Trafford.
The red card could present an issue for Rooney, as it will allow manager Louis van Gaal to see how United could perform without their captain, who the Dutchman has previously insinuated that he is unwilling to drop.
Could this team be better than United with their tempestuous captain?
GK) David de Gea
The Spaniard is clearly first choice and not a concern for van Gaal.